Timo Werner has opened up on his difficult start at Chelsea and admitted he allowed himself to be affected by criticism.
The German forward struggled to live up to the burden of expectation following his £53million arrival from RB Leipzig last summer.
Werner, 25, was often criticised by pundits for a lack of composure in front of goal and he said it did get to him.
‘I think the most important thing in football is to keep your mentality up, keep your head clean from outside,’ he told Chelsea’s official website.
‘The media is getting bigger and bigger nowadays. Of course, when you play good you are the hero everywhere, but when you play badly it is a totally different story.
‘You have to step away from that and concentrate on your football. It’s not always easy because you have media on your phone, media always around you which can bring something up you can see, but you have to be straight, in your own bubble, to think only about the football.
‘It’s also important to always have people around you who help you, and give you strength to go on. Also, in the good moments they can bring you down a little bit, so you don’t think you are the hero.
‘So they stop you in the good moments, and lift you up during the bad ones.’
Doubts remain over the future of Werner with Chelsea seeking to re-sign striker Romelu Lukaku.
Inter have rejected a huge offer of £85m plus Marcos Alonso but the Blues are expected to return with a second bid.