Thomas Tuchel has been told to ‘unleash’ Timo Werner on Real Madrid, as Chelsea aim to pull off a stunning Champions League upset at the Bernabeu.
Former Stamford Bridge striker Chris Sutton firmly believes that the Germany striker can cause Carlo Ancelotti’s side ‘plenty of issues’ after his goalscoring display at Southampton over the weekend.
Werner looked sharp as he bagged a brace against the sorry Saints as Chelsea romped to a 6-0 win.
The 26-year-old was an unused substitute as Karim Benzema scored a superb hat-trick to give Real a 3-1 lead in the first leg at Stamford Bridge.
However, Sutton feels Werner could match up well against the Spanish side’s defence.
He told the Daily Mail: “Following their loss at home to Real Madrid last week, Chelsea need to sort a number of things should they want to have any chance of getting back into the tie.
“Firstly, they cannot allow Karim Benzema to torment them like he was able to last week. His movement caused the Chelsea backline all sorts of bother.
“With Romelu Lukaku not even in the squad, it is time for Chelsea to unleash the forgotten man Timo Werner. His pace and movement can combine well with the guile of Kai Havertz to cause Real Madrid plenty of issues.
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“Despite not trusting him defensively, Thomas Tuchel would be wise to call upon Marcos Alonso. He can provide the European champions with an extra dimension going forward.”
Chelsea have nothing to lose
Tuchel went as far as claiming that the first-leg result had ended Chelsea’s hopes of qualifying for the last four.
And Sutton added: “If Tuchel’s defeatist attitude is genuine and he does indeed think they’ve got nothing to lose, isn’t it worth throwing Werner into the mix? Why not?
“Chelsea need goals, and though Werner hasn’t set the world alight since signing, he’s guaranteed to work his socks off.
“Lukaku hasn’t travelled to Madrid so Werner and Havertz playing off one another could represent their best bet of striking early in this European encounter.
“Of course Real won’t be as naïve as Southampton were at St Mary’s. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side played with a high line and Tuchel’s Chelsea gobbled that up.
“Carlo Ancelotti won’t be so generous. Real are a streetwise group. They’re wily and won’t be giving Chelsea any freebies.”