Frank Lampard hailed the response from Jorginho as Timo Werner took the role as Chelsea’s penalty-taker and scored a brace from the spot in the Champions League victory over Rennes on Wednesday.
The Blues comfortably beat the French club 3-0, thanks to the two penalties from Timo Werner and a fine goal from Tammy Abraham.
Jorginho has been Chelsea’s penalty-taker since arriving in 2018 but after two recent misses from the spot, Lampard has now handed responsibility to Werner.
The Chelsea manager said it was a seamless process to switch takers and praised the Italian midfielder for being so respectful about it.
‘Not an easy decision because Jorginho has been pretty faultless for us. It’s hard from me,’ said Lampard. ‘He’s missed two recently, Timo came in and scored one in our last game.
‘I had a conversation with Jorginho and his answer was perfect from a professional, he doesn’t care who takes them he just wants to score, that’s how he approaches it. ‘Timo takes them tonight, Timo is the taker at the moment and he took them very emphatically, so I’m happy.’
Werner himself has targets in terms of goal-scoring for the club and is delighted to have the bonus of taking penalties as he aims to go past 20 goals in his first campaign at Stamford Bridge.
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‘Before the game the manager told me that I should take penalties today,’ he explained on BT Sport. ‘Two today is a little bit crazy. Good goals for a striker and I hope I can go on like this scoring and penalty-taking.
‘When you want to score 20 or more goals you have to take a few penalties in the season. ‘I’m happy about that, I’m happy Jorgi is cool with that.
‘It’s a point that speaks for our team, we are not selfish and want to go in one direction.’