Thomas Tuchel has a plan on getting the best out of Timo Werner.
Chelsea signed the German forward after his excellent scoring exploits in the Bundesliga.
However, Werner’s start to life in England has not been as smooth as expected. Due to his specialist level profile, Frank Lampard had a hard time integrating him into his side. Tuchel will need a different approach and claims to have one.
“Why I did not use him on Wednesday: I see his face is a bit closed and the weight is on his shoulders,” Tuchel said. “He cares a lot and that shows he has a fantastic character. Sometimes as a striker it does not help if you care a lot. Sometimes as a striker it’s better to not care at all.
“But he’s not that guy. He cares and he’s not happy with himself and with the way things went lately. It’s important to rebuild his trust in himself and to find a smile on his face and stop doubting too much. It’s my job to to help him with this and then to find also a position where we can use his strengths.”
Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern Munich’s sporting director claimed to have given up on Werner in the summer of 2019.
“From his profile, as a given, I would say he prefers to have space,” the former Paris Saint-Germain manager said. “He’s super-fast and he likes to play in the last line, very, very, very high up, but a little bit more to the left, half-open to the goal and to receive the balls into the open space. This is a given.
“Can we develop movements, patterns, behaviour to use his quality in narrow spaces? That’s my job and I’m absolutely convinced we can because the guy is open, the guy is friendly and the guy is eager to learn.”
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