Chelsea: Tuchel gives verdict on Sheff Utd win
Chelsea star Timo Werner has detailed the difference between playing for Thomas Tuchel and Frank Lampard after putting in a solid display in the Blues’ win at Sheffield United on Sunday. Werner saw his position change in the aftermath of Lampard’s dismissal.
Werner struggled under Lampard following his £53million move from RB Leipzig.
The German forward, who bagged 28 goals in 34 Bundesliga games last season, managed just four goals in 18 games before Lampard was given the boot.
He’d been played on each wing and through the middle, but had failed to find his feet at Stamford Bridge.
But since Tuchel took over, Werner has played with more freedom and looked impressive against Sheffield United on Sunday.
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The German attacker played well and won a penalty, as well as providing an assist for Mason Mount’s opening goal.
Speaking afterwards, Werner opened up on how his game has changed under Tuchel, explaining that he enjoys playing in a number ten role.
Rather than hug the touchline, Werner now plays in a more inside forward role and looks to get in behind the defence – using his pace to full effect.
And he seems to enjoy playing in the new role, as he explained he likes having players behind him.
“Every manager is different in how he wants us to play,” Werner told the club website.
“He gives us a lot of ideas. Now I play as a left number 10, not a left winger, so I have more space for my runs in the middle and can play behind a striker, or with a number 10 behind me as a second striker.
“So it’s very good for me and I think there were also good moves from the manager in the last two wins.”
Werner is still struggling for goals at the moment, but insisted he’s still happy to get three points for the team.
He expressed that while he wants more goals, he still feels confident in his ability and is happy with the way he’s playing.
Werner continued: “For myself, again no goal, but it’s good to see that I can help the team with other things at the moment and I’ll keep going.
“I’m happy when we win and when I can make two assists like today that is also good, but as a striker you want to score.
“It’s a long time now for me, I haven’t had so long a period without a goal in my career before, but you can’t do anything against this.
“You have to keep going and try to do your best on the field and the goals will come.”
Chelsea face Barnsley in the FA Cup this weekend, and Werner will be hoping the weaker competition will allow him to get back amongst the goals.
The Blues are in good form after Tuchel’s arrival, and are closing down on the top four places.
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