Chelsea: Tuchel praises Werner after goal
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Chelsea star Timo Werner has admitted the Blues are enjoying their football under Thomas Tuchel. The former PSG boss guided the west London giants to a 2-0 win over Newcastle on Monday. And they’re now fourth in the table, behind only Manchester City, Manchester United and Leicester.
Chelsea went into the game against Newcastle looking to maintain their 100 per cent record under Tuchel so far.
And they did just that, with Werner and Olivier Giroud on target on a straightforward night at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have won all their games under Tuchel, who was appointed as Frank Lampard’s successor back in January.
And Werner has now lifted the lid on the dressing room mood, telling the club’s official website they’ve been playing ‘very good football’ so far.
He said: “It was really good from us. We have played in the last weeks very good football.
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“There is still a long way to go for the rest of the season, but if we keep going like this it will be a good end for us.”
Werner’s goal against Newcastle was his first in 14 matches and the former RB Leipzig star was delighted at ending his duck.
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“I am happy that I scored, finally,” said the striker, who also provided the assist for Giroud’s goal.
“As a striker you always want to score.
“The last month I was not so happy without scoring, but at the end it’s a team sport. When we win, everything is good.
“When I help my team with assists, with winning penalties, and now with scoring I am happy. I am very glad I scored.
“For a striker it’s much worse when you don’t have chances. I had in the past a lot of chances and I missed them.
“The team gave me a lot of situations where I can score, and that’s the important thing for me. If I keep going the goals will come, and also the assists.”
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher defended Werner after the match against Newcastle, insisting he’s been a good asset in attack.
“He was (the key man),” he said.
“I want to look at his touch map, because when he came into England, you were asking what sort of position he was and what position does he play in a formation.
“Frank used him on the wide left and through the middle.
“It was really interesting how he was used tonight; it was almost a mixture of both.
“You see his touch map and you think of Werner from Leipzig, he was almost in that Thierry Henry role – I’m obviously not linking him to Henry in terms of ability just yet – but that position just on the inside left, he wants to make runs there, he wants to get the ball there.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea star Tammy Abraham was crocked against Newcastle after being clattered into by Jamaal Lascelles.
And Tuchel raged over that incident at full time, saying: “There’s no update yet on Tammy, but we needed to take him off after a hard tackle.
“So, we are worried, but there’s no news of him.
“My assistant tried to show him (Bankes) the tackle on the iPad and he told us he was not allowed to talk to us. It was the tackle, but we didn’t know he wasn’t allowed to watch. So okay, we didn’t realise that.
“We had the feeling it was a reckless tackle.
“He (Lascelles) played the ball, yes, but for me, it’s too much of a risk to an injury to the opponent. And because of that for me, it’s a foul.
“It’s reckless, but okay it was not like us to criticise, just to discuss with the officials.”
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