Timo Werner is “excited” to begin his Premier League career at Chelsea, with the £47.5 million ($63m) striker looking to hit the ground running in England.
Having been prolific in his homeland at RB Leipzig, big things are expected of the Germany international at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard is currently in the process of easing a number of fresh faces into his squad, with another friendly outing set to be taken in against Brighton on Saturday.
Werner is set to figure in that contest, with the 24-year-old frontman having been joined in west London during a busy window for the Blues by Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva.
Many of the new arrivals are Premier League rookies, meaning that they must settle quickly in new surroundings, but Werner is looking forward to that challenge.
A man who hit 95 goals in 159 appearances for Leipzig told Chelsea’s official website of his early experiences and ambition for the future: “I’m very excited. I can’t wait!
“I was training on my own for a while when I first signed, but I’ve been working with the whole team over the past week or so and it’s been great.
“It was strange at first [when I arrived] because you just want to work hard, meet all the team and get straight to it on the training field but I had to be patient.
“I’m very happy that the league starts in two weeks and I’m excited to test myself in the Premier League.”
The 2020-21 campaign will open as the last one finished, with no supporters in attendance during the coronavirus pandemic.
That could help new boys to find their feet, with slightly less pressure placed on their shoulders, but Werner is looking forward to showcasing his talent in front of packed arenas.
He added: “It’s very strange to be playing in empty stadiums but now I think it has actually become quite normal, because we played the last 10 or so games without fans.
“Of course, we have to accept this but also you could really see the difference between the first half of the season with fans, and the second without. It’s a big change and it’s a different part of the sport that you have to get used to.
“With the fans in the stadium, there’s more passion and lots of emotions and that gives you more on the pitch. It gives you a push to beat the opposition and of course, we want the fans back. But for now, we have to play in a quiet stadium.
“Hopefully we will be able to have fans back in the stadium soon, because that’s what everybody wants. Maybe it won’t be there for the first few games but hopefully soon, because we want them with us.”
Chelsea are set to open their new Premier League season with a trip to Brighton on September 14.
The Dolphins will practice on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium without their presumptive starting quarterback. Via multiple reporters in attendance at the session, Ryan Fitzpatrick left the practice field before the session began. Here’s how Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald described it: « Before dolphins practice begins, Coach Brian Flores just walked QB Ryan Fitzpatrick [more]
The Denver Broncos got a taste Saturday of what their season opener will be like when they scrimmaged at an empty Empower Field with crowd noise piped in. »Yeah, it was really weird, without a doubt, » quarterback Drew Lock said. The Broncos cranked up the noise when their starting offensive and defensive units were squaring off, so there was one time when Lock had to cover the ear holes on his helmet to hear the play call, just like he has to at Arrowhead Stadium.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were on a collision course with Novak Djokovic on Saturday, calling for « unity, not separation » after their long-time rival superstar spearheaded a breakaway union of professional tennis players.
Pat Beverley continually interrupted NBPA head Michele Roberts Wednesday night as she explained the financial repercussions of leaving the NBA bubble.
Jon Rahm would have had the low round of the week at the BMW Championship if he had remembered to reach into his pocket on the fifth green.
A measure of Tiger Woods’s frustration at the state of his game came after the third round of the BMW Championship in Illinois on Saturday. Very rarely does the 15-time major winner decline to talk the media following a round, but at Olympia Fields he has done it two days running. In fairness, Woods – who, in contrast to certain peers, has made a habit of fulfilling his press responsibilities regardless of his score – probably does not know what to say. At 10 over in the penultimate FedEx Play-off event, the 44-year-old realises there is no chance of him qualifying for next week’s Tour Championship and that he will have to go into the US Open in three weeks’ time in awful form. This 72 was a slight improvement, but his seven on the 17th summed up his mood. Woods sliced his drive into the water and then hit a wild hook with his next shot. It was something of a relief when he tapped in for a four on the 18th, but standing outside the top 50, Sunday could also be a long day. On the European Tour, Martin Kaymer has his chance to win his first title since the 2014 US Open. The 35-year-old German is in second, only two back of South Africa’s Justin Walters, at the ISPS Handa UK Championship at the Belfry after a brilliant 66. It would be an emotional comeback victory for the former world No 1, particularly after his calamitous second round 82 at the recent USPGA Championship, where he went from one off the first-round pace to missing the cut. Misery has become an all-too regular occurrence in his career of late and the player now ranked 142nd explained why he feels more at ease on his home circuit. “This is where I feel comfortable, where I don’t need to adjust at all,” he said. “You see all the players and caddies that you have hung out with for the last 15 years. I don’t want to say family but it’s very close, having as much comfort as possible.”
Many Steelers fans blamed the team for Le’Veon Bell to leave but they got it right.
The 31-year-old confirmed on Saturday, after the third round of the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields, that his wife Erica was expected to give birth any day. « My mind has been wandering the last few weeks, » McIlroy told reporters after he shot a three-over par 73 to slip into a tie for sixth on two-over 212 and three shots behind co-leaders Hideki Matsuyama and Dustin Johnson. McIlroy added that he had been waiting for the phone call telling him that it was time to head home for more than a week and he would have no hesitation in walking off, even if during the final Tour Championship in Atlanta.
The Miami Dolphins, eager to give roles to two linebackers signed during the offseason, on Saturday traded Raekwon McMillan, according to a source, sending away the player who was Miami’s best defender last season, according to metrics site Pro Football Focus.
Red Sox outfielder apologizes for poor choices of words after Red Sox decided to walkout on Thursday.
Kyle Busch was eliminated in a crash with eight laps to go in Saturday’s Cup regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway.
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After spending the last few years on the cusp of stepping up to the UFC but not making the move, bantamweight Adrian Yanez was finally able to do just that with a win over Brady Huang at Contender Series 2020 on Aug. 11, earning a UFC contract.By finishing Haung in just 39 seconds, Yanez had exactly the kind of performance he was hoping for entering into the fight.“It felt like it went phenomenal,” Yanez told MMAWeekly.com. “I was in the zone. I went out there and implemented every drill that I had did over this camp.“I didn’t want to throw any single pot shots, (like I) sometimes get caught up doing. I wanted to throw full combinations. I wanted to do everything I worked on this training camp. I went out and put a stop to a tough opponent. It went really well for me. I’m still on cloud nine. It’s been an awesome week.”Though the fight itself went smoothly, Yanez admits that fighting without a crowd during the age of coronavirus was an adjustment.“It was very weird fighting with no crowd or anything like that, but also I felt pretty comfortable,” said Yanez. “We had to take more precautions due to Covid-19 and everything, but we were super safe, everything was right, every precaution was the right precaution.“But as far of the weirdness of it, it was pretty weird, because I’m used to seeing everybody and seeing a lot of people, and to see it slimmed down to almost none was a little weird. It worked out well in my favor.”Earning a UFC contract after years of being so close to getting one but not doing so was a very cathartic moment for Yanez followed by a bit of disbelief, then the realization that things only get harder from here.“Immediately after the fight, it wasn’t shown on ESPN, I immediately collapsed on my back,” Yanez said. “I was on cloud nine. I reached my goal that I’d been reaching for, for a very long time.“Going back to the press conference, looking at the microphone it had the UFC logo on it, and I was just so taken away. But at the same time there’s a whole other mountain I need to climb. I feel like it’s settled in, and I’m kicking into a different gear now because I’m ready to go and ready to get back in there and prove myself.”Having come out of his bout relatively unscathed, Yanez is more than willing to step back into the Octagon sooner than later if need be and close out his 2020 on a hot streak.“We’re trying to line something up right now,” said Yanez. “There might be something soon. But at the same time I’m staying ready in case somebody drops out.“If I can take a full camp and fight eight weeks from now, that’s fine too. But I’m ready 100 percent to go. I took no injuries in that fight. I’m ready to get back in there. Two weeks from now or eight weeks from now I’m ready to go in there and showcase my skills again.”* * *TRENDING > Dana White’s RNC speech: ‘We need President Trump’s leadership now more than ever’* * * Dana White names Contender Series week two UFC contract winners(Video courtesy of UFC)
Tom Brady’s first possession as a Tampa Bay Buccaneers player at Raymond James Stadium delivered a 98-yard touchdown drive.
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