RB Leipzig ace, Timo Werner, was forced off the pitch because of noisy Besiktas fans as the Germans succumbed to 2-0 defeat during their Champions League game on Tuesday night.
Besiktas have always boasted of having one of the most hostile atmospheres in the world with their fans acting as an extra player, and last night, it was all the more evident.
As per Telegraph, Timo tried earplugs to shut out the noise, but ultimately couldn’t concentrate on his game. He was even seen covering his ears, suggesting hearing issues. The 21-year-old finally came off in the 32nd minute, after giving in to the noisy Vodafone arena.
Leipzig manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, came out and backed his striker’s case. He also admitted how difficult it was to concentrate in such an atmosphere.
“It is impossible to prepare your team for an atmosphere like this. There was a deafening noise [and] at the start of the game we were a bit affected,” quoted Telegraph.
Timo Werner was subbed for Leipzig tonight in Besiktas due to “hearing issues”. Crazy. 😳 pic.twitter.com/N1ZpaHCgLw
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He also talked about the disappointing first 20 minutes, and how his side would only build on the experience.
“We were not good in the first 20 minutes at all. But it was a lesson for all of us. I saw who I can count on in times like these. This is a lesson for us to learn and we keep learning.”
Besiktas have won both of their group stage fixtures, and are en route to making their first-ever knockout appearance in the Champions League.