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Chelsea striker Timo Werner slammed as ‘pathetic’ for lack of confidence by Dutch legends Van Basten and Gullit

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TIMO WERNER has come in for scathing attacks from Dutch legends Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit.

The Chelsea striker scored 12 goals last season following a £47million move from Stuttgart, helping the Blues win the Champions League.

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Gullit and Van Basten have labelled Werner’s dismal form pathetic[/caption]

However the German international came under fire after failing to live up to expectations.

Werner has since lost his first-team place following Romelu Lukaku’s triumphant £97.5m return to Stamford Bridge.

Former Holland striker Van Basten has now told Dutch TV he was at least 18 TIMES better than Werner.

And ex-Chelsea boss Gullit said the 25-year-old’s lack of confidence is “pathetic.”


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The two Euro 1988 stars appeared on Ziggo Sport’s football show Rondo, with presenter Sierd de Vos suggesting MVB was 18 times better than the Blues striker.

Van Basten replied: “At the very least. I think that’s actually modest on my part.”

Gullit added: “I can confirm that. It is almost pathetic to see.

“You can see that Werner has no self-confidence.

“As a manager you can see he always gets into good positions. He just needs to put one of his chances away.”

Van Basten then twisted the knife, declaring: “He is simply not good enough for the top level.”

Gullit spent two years as Chelsea player-manager before being replaced by Gianluca Vialli in 1998.



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