We will miss the fans, but health is the most important thing right now: Timo Werner
CHENNAI: It's hard to think of high-level sports without fans, but for now that seems to be the reality. Bundesliga it will probably be the first european league to start sometime later this month and RB Leipzig ’S Timo Werner , who is also an integral part of the German national team, is looking to adapt to changing times.
“Fans are very important for football and for us players. Right now, I really can't imagine playing in an empty stadium as fans can definitely give a game a different direction, Werner told TOI. “However, in these difficult times, health is much more important than anything else. We will miss the fans, but I think everyone will understand that there is no other way right now. As a professional athlete, I want to end the season, but that is not my decision.
Under lockdown, Werner learned one or two tricks off the soccer field. “I've been trying to stay calm and even before I got back on the train, I kept fit at home. I tried to stay positive because I knew that this pandemic could affect our mental health. At home, my girlfriend and I try to keep ourselves entertained. For example, now we are cooking together and trying new hobbies and I am enjoying it. ”
If not for the Covid-19 outbreak, Werner would probably have been one of the most talked-about topics during the transfer season. Over the course of the last four years with RB Leipzig, a club owned by Red Bull, the 24-year-old has established himself as one of the most exciting youngsters in the Bundesliga. This season has been probably his best with 21 goals from 25 matches, only second to Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski (25) Not surprisingly, he is a highly sought-after player. The 24-year-old is hired in Leipzig until 2023, but remains strongly linked to a movement to Liverpool and Bayern Munich , Juventus, Chelsea asking.
I think Jurgen Klopp is one of the best coaches in the world but right now I am focused on Leipzig. With hope of the league resuming it will be our job to try and win the league. We were leading the table for a while but then we slipped. Some details were missing in our game and we did not reward ourselves for the effort we put into the games. Sometimes it is hard to explain why. Also to be fair, Bayern Munich have had a great performance after the winter break. But we were on the right path before the season was interrupted.” Leipzig are on the third spot with 50 points while Bayern are at the top with 55 and Dortmund behind them with 51.
His RB Leipzig tally for this season also includes four goals in the Champions League, one of which came during Leipzig's 1-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in February before the German team or you Tottenham after a 3-0 win in the return leg. “Even though we were touted as underdogs it did not surprise me how well we played. Even though we are the youngest team in the Champions League, we have shown that we can compete at that level. Ousting a big club like Tottenham is a huge step for our development, ”Werner said.
Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann has also been responsible for bringing out the best in Werner. I think due to the inputs of our coach I became more unpredictable for the opponents. I am playing in different areas of the attack, sometimes hanging more back in the midfield, sometimes way up front. The system definitely suits my game and enhanced it at the same time,” the 24-year old added.