Werner wants to keep up the good work
Striker confident Germany can overcome Mexico
Timo Werner is eyeing Confederations Cup success with Germany and hopes his two goals against Cameroon are enough to see him start Thursday’s semi-final with Mexico.
The 21-year-old forward sealed the world champions’ 3-1 win in Sochi with a second-half double on Sunday by heading home Joshua Kimmich’s cross, then drilled in a second to calm German nerves just after Vincent Aboubakar netted Cameroon’s consolation goal. The win over Cameroon means Germany stay in Sochi to play Mexico for a place in Sunday’s final in Saint Petersburg with Chile and Portugal to meet the day before in Kazan’s other semi-final.
“Mexico will be tough to play, but we have also been good so far and I think we have a chance to go beyond the semi-finals,” RB Leipzig’s Werner said.
“We’re in the semis, so the next aim is to reach the final.
“To say we want to win the final would be over ambitious, but it wouldn’t be enough just to play in the third-place match.”
The striker has a sharp eye for goal and justified Joachim Low’s faith with a man-of-the-match performance, which could be rewarded with another start against Mexico.
“Timo Werner really put in a lot of leg work,” Germany’s manager said. “At the start, our attacks somehow didn’t come to much, on so he wasn’t able to really shoot on target.
“It was a different story after the break, he was much more present in the box, that’s where he’s dangerous, he has a killer instinct.
“Both goals were nicely taken and he really earned them.”
Werner is one of only three players have now so far scored twice at this Confederations Cup.
He is in the company of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and teammate Lars Stindl, whose place Werner took in Germany’s starting line-up against Cameroon. The inexperienced Germans made a nervous, hesitant start in Sochi and after a frustrating firsthalf of missed half chances and scuffed shots, Werner’s game clicked. “I needed some time before scoring, I was a bit annoyed because leading up to [the goals], I had a couple of situation which weren’t ideal,” Werner said. “I got a couple of good passes, so I have to thank those guys who provided those.
“The man-of-the-match award is a great distinction for me, I am happy we won in Sochi and can have an extra day to prepare for the semi-final.
“Of course, the fact we can stay here helps, it’s nice to be by the sea.”
The first semi-final, between Portugal and Chile, takes place tomorrow. Chile manager Juan Antonio Pizzi hopes Charles Aranguiz will be fit for the clash against Portugal after the midfield enforcer suffered a knock against Australia.
A hard challenge from Socceroos veteran Tim Cahill clattered Aranguiz, who had to be substituted at half time of Sunday’s 1-1 draw in Moscow.
German forward Timo Werner has ‘put in a lot of leg work’, according to manager Joachim Low.