Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has come out to say that it is his job to get out-of-form striker Timo Werner smiling again. He recently revealed that he benched the German striker vs Wolves because he was still feeling down as a result of his poor form in front of goal.
According to him, Werner really cares about playing well for Chelsea, and that shows he has the right character to excel for the club.
He added that Werner is presently not happy with himself, but there will be more gametime for him in future to rediscover his goalscoring form in the future.
His words, “Why I did not use him on Wednesday, I see his face is a bit closed and the weight is on his shoulders,”
“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.”
“Right now 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 do this, to help him with this and then to find also a position where we can use his strengths.”
“There will be games [for him] – on Wednesday we had 80 per cent ball possession and it felt like we played 90% of the match in the last 30 metres – but there are movements to create with him that he can help us, I am sure.”
“From his profile, as a given, I would say he prefers to have space. That’s clear because 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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