Timo Werner insists he joined Chelsea to win titles – and believes they can strike an early blow by beating Liverpool on Sunday.
The Germany international was courted by several Premier League big hitters, including the reigning champions, but cited style and ambition for choosing Frank Lampard’s side.
“I came here to win titles,” he said.
“We have a very strong team and a young team that can develop and can go through a long period of time where we can stay together.”
Werner made his Premier League debut in Chelsea’s 3-1 win at Brighton on Monday and had a hand in the opening goal.
On Sunday he faces the challenge of going up against a defence which was the league’s most miserly last season, marshaled by one of the best centre-halves in the world, Virgil Van Dijk.
But the 24-year-old summer signing believes the Blues have the quality to go toe-to-toe with Jurgen Klopp’s team
“Liverpool are one of the best teams in the world, they won the league and have the same team so it will be a really good challenge for us and test of how far we have come,” he said.
“It is a great team and in every position they have great players, but we also have great players and the quality to beat them.
“It will be an interesting game because they have had a normal pre-season and we did not, so it could be better for them, but it is the second game and everyone is fit and can run and run and run.”
Werner added that his conversations with Chelsea boss Lampard were a big factor in his decision to move to west London.
“When I decided to leave Leipzig I talked to other clubs, but I don’t want to talk about other clubs because in the end I decided for Chelsea,” he said.
“It was the best decision I could make, not just because the style of football, but also for what they have shown me.”