What an angry Timo Werner did and Chelsea have now discovered their Jules Kounde alternative
Timo Werner’s frustration starts early
It was another one of “those” days for the German striker, who showed plenty of will, running but then displayed a lot of erratic finishing or final touch when he was in good positions.
Werner’s problems in front of goal last season were well documented and they don’t need to be gone over again.
With Kai Havertz having got through a gruelling 120 minutes in midweek against Villarreal, Werner’s German teammate was plonked on the bench with the former RB Leipzig man getting the start through the middle.
Within ten minutes he had snatched at an effort and blazed wide, while a couple of times he overran the ball while attacking the byline and beating Joel Ward.
On a very warm day in west London, where the mercury touched 27 degrees, Werner was one of two players to have an undershirt on, rather than showing off his arms in short sleeved jerseys.
But Werner was clearly agitated by it when he took off his shirt, then ripped off his undershirt, threw it over the byline and walked back towards the halfway line in a grump.
That kind of summed up another frustrating day for Werner. Near enough everything went right for Chelsea, it just needed a Werner goal. The Stamford Bridge crowd appreciate and respect his work ethic and they were willing him on, but to no avail.
Read the other two key talking points here from the Palace match.