Werner fails another test as Jorginho doubles Chelsea penalties



  • Buts: Ben Chilwell (£ 5.5m), Kurt Zouma (£ 5.0m), Jorginho x2 (£ 5.1m)
  • Aide: Chilwell, Tammy Abraham (7,3 M £), Kai Havertz (8,4 M £)
  • Prime: Chilwell x3, Jorginho x2, Zouma x1

Timo Werner (£ 9.4million) continues to frustrate his FPL ownership after a third straight Gameweek 4 white against Crystal Palace.

Just after a full time at Stamford Bridge at the start of the weekend, only teammate on the bench Reece James (£ 5.1million) had suffered more sales than the German striker.

Having at least managed to pull off one goal attempt every 27 minutes in the first three weeks of the game, Werner only had one shot against the Eagles.


Having taken a 2-0 lead Ben Chilwell (£ 5.5m) and Kurt Zouma (£ 5.0m), Chelsea won two foul penalties on Tammy Abraham (£ 7.3m) and Kai Havertz (£ 8.4million).

The midfielder pulled the rank over Werner for the first kick, while captain César Azpilicueta (£ 5.9million) had to take the ball away from Abraham to give Jorginho his second penalty of the day.

On the matter, Lampard said:

“This has been settled. On the pitch and in the locker room. No problem, just dealt with. I want leaders and I don’t mind a bit of conflict. If Tammy wants to take him because he wants a goal he can get back in his place a bit and I appreciate his rush because his performance deserved a goal. But these are the rules. You don’t jump to the top of the list all the time, unless someone’s on a hat-trick and we’re so comfortable that I decide. – Frank Lampard

While we already knew Jorginho was Chelsea’s first penalty taker, Lampard did not provide the rest of the ‘list’.

And unfortunately for Werner’s property, not coming close to kicking duty probably counts even more against him than in a normal campaign.


Former Leicester defender Chilwell broke the deadlock after 50 minutes by shooting on it Vicente Guaita (£ 5m) after an error of Mamadou Sakho (4,5 £ 1000) sciēs Tyrick Mitchell (£ 4.1million) lead a cross from Azpilicueta into the box where Chelsea left-back leapt.

And it was Chilwell’s cross, after a clear turn, that Zouma climbed the highest to return home above Sakho.

Have seen Willian (£ 8.0million) leave for Arsenal this summer, Chelsea found themselves without their main set-piece taker.

With James on the bench and Hakim Ziyech (£ 7.9million) still injured, Chilwell has won every corner for the Blues except one at Stamford Bridge, while also having a free kick share to increase his assist potential .

The defender also had 13 more touches in the third period than any other player at Stamford Bridge. On his new left-back, Lampard explained:

« [He’s got that] ability to be so high up on the pitch when you want him to be – not that he is reckless, but he happens, he has the ability to get up and come back. Great quality on the ball. As for the signings we’ve made, he knows the Premier League. It’s just a case of his physical form. They all had a little bit of trouble, guys that showed up. Whether they’re injured, whether they haven’t had enough pre-season – we have to give them some time. – Ben Chilwell


While Chilwell has excelled in the future, the fact that Chelsea’s new cap Edouard Mendy (£ 5.0million) facing zero shots on target is proof Lampard’s defense will face tougher tests.

Hodgson was only too aware that despite an impressive first half where Palace smothered their hosts, a goal early in the second half paid for their containment plans.

“We conceded four and unfortunately all four were very clear individual errors at the back. And when that happens, it’s hard to come back from there unless you have a clear attack threat – we didn’t have it today. We didn’t have that at any stage of the game. In the first half our defense was good, our work off the ball was excellent. But on the ball we didn’t show the coolness or the confidence that I would have liked the team to show. Against a team that pressurizes well like Chelsea did today, it was always going to be about making sure not to score one. Unfortunately, we gave them a goal after 50 minutes and to make things up, we gave them two goals at the end with both penalties. There was poor performance today, for sure. The players are more than aware [of that]. »- Roy Hodgson

Budget defender Mitchell was the culprit for the first kick, while Sakho compounded his own poor performance by giving away the second penalty.

Asked specifically about Wilfried Zahathe lack of involvement of (£ 7.2million), Hodgson added:

“You have to work hard to get these keys on your own. – Roy Hodgson

On what changed for his side in the second half, Lampard explained:

“The message at halftime was to change it – more speed, more movement, change it. Not too many have put four in front of Palace. In the first half, we started well, then we moved away a little. Not enough speed in our game the last 20 minutes of the first half. The urgency of our game; we had to mix it up. The way we started [in the second half], there was a little more movement. We had to bring Ben Chilwell into the game, he was coming up high but we couldn’t find him. – Frank Lampard

Chelsea XI (4-2-3-1): Et Mendy; Chilwell, Zouma, T Silva, Azpilicueta; Kanté (Kovacic 83 ‘), Jorginho; Werner, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi (Pulisic 83 ‘); Abraham.

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Guaita; Mitchell, Sakho, Kouyaté, J Ward; Eze, McArthur (Riedewald 71 ′), McCarthy (Milivojevic 67 ′), Townsend; Zaha, Ayew.


Werner’s tactile heat map (above) is indicative of his lack of touches in the penalty area; the attacker only managed two in 90 minutes.

While stats don’t show the German had many good races, he failed to make any revealing contributions on the rare occasion a teammate found him in space.

Christian Pulisic (£ 8.3million) released Werner halfway almost immediately after his introduction, but the attacker’s lack of incisiveness allowed the palace defense to regroup, stifling any danger.

Players ranked by total attempts in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Palace

Six players attempted more shots than Werner at Stamford Bridge in Gameweek 4, with Lampard’s comments on Abraham’s performance perhaps suggesting the England striker could continue as Chelsea’s leader.

As mentioned above, Chilwell (41) led the way for the third third touches. His total of 68 touches in the opposition half was also 13 more than the next best Jorginho.


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