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'Premier League lagging behind Germany during coronavirus crisis' - Chelsea star Werner says rules are 'stricter' in ...

The Premier League is lagging behind Germany during the coronavirus crisis, according to Chelsea star Timo Werner, who says social distancing rules are "stricter" in England .

The Bavarian outfit had hoped to welcome supporters back into their stadium for the clash, with clubs from some states granted permission to house a reduced number of fans over the weekend, but Munich's mayor ended up blocking the proposal.

The coronavirus outbreak signalled a temporary end to capacity crowds across Europe in March, as all major leagues shut down just past the mid-way point of the 2019-20 campaign.

Werner says protocols in Germany were far more relaxed during his time at Leipzig, and that English football is further away from a return to normality than their European rivals.

The Chelsea forward told Bild when quizzed on the current state of affairs in the Premier League: "In our 3-1 away win in Brighton , we actually all three (Antonio Rudiger, Kai Havertz, Werner) sat next to each other, I chose the golden seat.

The 24-year-old went on to reveal that he spoke to Germany head coach Joachim Low at length about the merits of joining Chelsea before making a final decision on his future earlier this summer, amid interest from a host of top clubs.

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