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Boateng backs Werner to shine

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Jerome Boateng has backed Timo Werner to “show who he really is” at Euro 2020 after an “up and down” season at Chelsea.

Much was expected of Werner at Stamford Bridge following his £47.5m switch to Chelsea from Leipzig last summer, but he did not adapt to English football as quickly as supporters hoped.

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The 25-year-old struggled to replicate the prolific form in front of goal he showed at Red Bull Arena, but still played a key role in the Blues’ run to Champions League glory and Boateng expects to see him back to his best for Germany at the European Championships.

The Bayern Munich defender won’t be alongside Werner at the tournament after being omitted from Joachim Low’s squad, but he is sure that his compatriot will be “hungry” to add more silverware to his collection.

“Timo has changed country, club, playing in a new league,” Boateng told BILD. “It is not so easy. Nonetheless, he scored his goals, provided assists, was present, went through a hollow and came out and now he’s the Champions League winner.”

“For me, it has been a positive season with the usual ups and downs. It makes him bigger and stronger and he learns from it.

“At the Euros, we will see another Timo Werner, a hungry Timo. A Timo with more arrogance, because he has just won the Champions League. It carries you. He will show who he really is.”

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