Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has singled out Timo Werner for special praise after their 3-0 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.
The Belgium international scored a brace in his first game back at Stamford Bridge after his £97.5m move from Inter Milan, while Mateo Kovacic also found the target to secure a win for the Blues.
Lukaku’s first goal came after a superb through ball from Kovacic, while the former Inter forward wrapped up the win in injury time with an incredible strike from Cesar Azpilicueta’s pass.
But Lukaku has now credited Werner for his movement in the build up for his second goal to see off Aston Villa.
‘The coach asked before the game to play forward as fast as possible when we recover the ball,’ Lukaku told Chelsea TV.
‘Kova is a player with a lot of qualities, we have a lot of players in the midfield who have that forward pass, today he gave me a brilliant pass and I think the pass made the goal, I was really happy.
‘I think I have to give a lot of credit for Timo because Timo created a lot of space for me. ‘As soon as he created the space to run in behind the two defenders I had a lot of time, the touch was good and the finish was just clinical.’
Lukaku also heaped praised on Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger and Trevoh Chalobah for their outstanding displays.
‘The defence is the base of our success because the defence is doing an incredible job,’ said Lukaku. ‘From there we try to build confidence, we know we have a lot of players who can deliver the ball, we have a lot of players who can score a goal.
‘Today Edu was brilliant, Thiago, Toni and Trevoh, they were amazing. In training it’s tough to play against them but we push each other very hard and as a team we try to do well every game.’