Tuchel already playing to Werner’s strengths just as Hasenhuttl suggested

Timo Werner has enjoyed an upturn in form under Thomas Tuchel with the Chelsea boss playing to his strengths – just as Ralph Hasenhuttl suggested.

The German has struggled in his first season, but has begun to perform more consistently and ended a long goal drought this week.

Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard and no doubt had several remits given to him.

One was secure Champions League football, but one would've been to get Werner firing.

The former RB Leipzig striker has played a crucial role in their run of four straight wins after a slight positional tweak.

Tuchel has always wanted to dominate possession, but a revised system has allowed Werner to showcase his quality.

Martin Koewn explained in the Daily Mail : "They ( Southampton ) face a Chelsea side whose new manager Thomas Tuchel’s top priority is to control the middle of the pitch. Since his arrival, he has used a 3-4-3.

"It involves Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic sitting in deep midfield, with Timo Werner and Mason Mount in front of them creating a box of four.

"That core group in the centre of the pitch has remained the same in Chelsea’s last four Premier League games — and they’ve won them all."

A win over Southampton would make that five wins and consolidate Chelsea's position in the top four.

Werner will be out to inflict pain on his former boss, Hasenhuttl, who worked with the striker at Leipzig.

The current Saints boss knows all too well how good the German forward can be.

But, amid his struggles, the 53-year-old insisted that any team had to play to Werner's strength if they wanted to get the best out of him.

“I know Timo very well and I have seen him in situations where he was not good,” said Hasenhuttl .

“Most of the time when I have seen this is because of the reason that the game doesn’t fit to him. The team didn’t play in the way he can bring his best on the pitch, I think.

“He is definitely a player where you have to adapt your game on him.

"If you do this, he will give you everything you need from a striker. But therefore, he has some qualities you really have to focus on."

Tuchel has said that Werner was always going to produce at Stamford Bridge, it was just a case of being patient.

He also eluded to the two being of the nationality as a potential plus.

"I only speak of how I feel and I feel Timo day by day is gaining confidence and I saw the goal coming because he earned it," said Tuchel.

"Maybe it’s just luck we both come from Germany, maybe there are little percentages that make him more confident than in the moment before."

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