Struggling Werner, ceaseless Jota, Turks living out the dreams – the winners/losers of the international break

Timo Werner-Germany

It’s time for club football after what turned out to be a roller coaster of the international break, where we witnessed some shockers like Germany getting outsmarted by minnows North Macedonia, unprecedented happenings like Turks’ golden generation making a statement ahead of Euros. Now we look at the ultimate winners and losers.


Timo Werner

Everybody has been running out of patience about Chelsea striker Timo Werner and his purple patch, however, Germany’s defeat against North Macedonia has only added to his woes. The former Leipzig man had a chance to breathe fresh air and gain momentum with the national team but he begged to differ in the defeat. The most dreadful performance came in the scathing defeat against North Macedonia where he missed a sitter.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo had been undoubtedly experiencing a tough few weeks at Juventus and the story was similar during the international break as well. The Portuguese skipper managed to score once in three games whilst he was denied a goal in the game against Serbia.



Turkey had a productive international break, registering 2 wins and a draw in three games. They were also able to steamroll the likes of the Netherlands and Norway.


Gareth Southgate’s men were also exquisite as they remained unbeaten in all the three games played which included thumping wins against San Marino and Poland. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Mason Mount and Harry Kane fared well for the Three Lions.


The Barcelona players who were part of the World Cup Qualifiers, say Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele Sergino Dest, Frenkie de Jong and Martin Braithwaite, were impressive.

Diogo Jota

Portuguese forward Diogo Jota carried his goalscoring form to the Portuguese national team as he netted a brace against Serbia and in the win against Luxembourg.