Showing much promise in their opening loss vs. Mexico, the RB Leipzig attacker then built on this by putting in an excellent shift against Sweden. Using his pace, skill and intelligent movement, he provided a huge menace to the Swedish backline, who struggled especially with his sublime runs in behind.
He angled, arced and directed his runs beautifully to breach Sweden’s last line, with his variations being key. Werner would cunningly drift laterally across the opposition’s defensive line before then bursting forward when the ideal opportunity presented itself.
It was great to see the way he’d give himself vital separation from his marker prior to surging forward, for he’d cleverly begin his movement in between the opposition centre-backs or between centre-back and full-back.
To further enhance his impact, he also performed astute rotations with his fellow attackers, with him showing a strong understanding with his teammates, which successfully destabilised his adversaries on many occasions.
Operating out wide in the second half when Mario Gomez on, Werner impressed in this role too, using his dynamism to similarly good effect to pose as a wonderful outlet to stretch out Sweden.
Recently commenting that he’s absolutely loving relishing playing on the big stage, Werner will be desperate to go from strength to strength again vs. South Korea. Whether playing in his favoured striking post or on the wing, Werner’s unquestionably a super weapon for Joachim Low’s side.
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