Chelsea and Germany frontman Timo Werner has heaped praise on France’s Karim Benzema ahead of next week’s Euro 2020 clash between the two.
Werner was signed with huge expectations last summer, joining Chelsea from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig for just under £50 million.
However, the 25-year-old endured a difficult debut season for the Blues, consistently missing several high-quality chances last term.
Werner ended the season with ten goals across the Premier League and Champions League, a low number considering his xG (expected goals) tally was 18.5, suggesting his finishing was poor.
Despite his domestic struggles, he was still called up for this summer’s European Championships with his native Germany drawn in the same group as Portugal, France and Hungary.
Werner will likely be involved as Germany face France on Tuesday and he has been full of praise for France’s Karim Benzema ahead of their clash.
“Of course you learn something from a striker like Benzema”, he told Goal.
“Just because he has achieved a lot, but also because of his quality. For me, he is incredible with the ball, the way he dribbles, the way he moves, the way he finishes.
“I think he’s like Roberto Firmino at Liverpool, getting the ball early, distributing and still being quick with his qualities in the penalty area.
The summer window is officially open and now the Blues can look to build on European glory and bolster the squad to push for Premier League supremacy.
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“With Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo, he forms the top three centre-forwards for me.”
Benzema was called up for his country this summer after six years out in the cold.
Werner will be hoping he can get back to his best this summer for Joachim Low’s side, who face off against holders Portugal on June 19 before facing Hungary on June 23.