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Postgame reaction: Germany’s Timo Werner ignores the naysayers while scoring a brace

It was #TimoTime against North Macedonia.

North Macedonia v Germany - 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images

If there was any German player who needed to breakout, it was Timo Werner.

The Chelsea FC forward — and rumored Bayern Munich transfer target — has heard the negativity and is trying his best to tune it out as he seeks to prove his mettle under Hansi Flick.

“It has to roll off. If I’d spent two days thinking too much, I wouldn’t have been able to play here. Because at some point the barrel is full. That’s why I have to let it roll off. I’m happy that I was able to help the team today,” Werner said (as captured by Tz).

And help the team he did.

Werner scored a fantastic brace, which which included a highlight reel goal that was assisted by Thomas Müller and then added another spectacular shot with a mid-range curler.

It was the kind of effort that Flick has been hoping for from Werner. For his part, the Chelsea man likes having the opportunity to play under Flick.

“I’ve often said that when a coach likes you and backs you, that helps every player. He gives me 100 percent confidence from the outside and I hope I can give that back,” Werner said. “These are teams against whom it is always difficult at the beginning. It was good that we didn’t concede a goal. There were some tricky situations. When we took the lead, it was much easier for us.”

Werner now has five goals and one assist in five games under Flick.