Pitchside mics pick up Tuchel lambasting under-performing Werner

Date published: Tuesday 9th March 2021 11:18 - Matthew Briggs

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Thomas Tuchel was left infuriated by Chelsea forward Timo Werner during his side’s 2-0 win over Everton at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

The German coach handed his fellow countryman another start against Carlo Ancelotti’s men, his seventh under the new Blues boss. But the 25-year-old, who is desperately trying to turn around his form, could not get on the scoresheet.

It was another largely frustrating night for £52m man, who squandered several opportunities to add to Chelsea’s 2-0 scoreline. Ben Godfrey’s own goal and a second-half penalty from Jorginho were enough for Tuchel’s sixth win in nine Premier League games.

Werner’s lack of form since his arrival was a key component in the sacking of Frank Lampard and part of Tuchel’s brief was to get the Germany international firing.

One goal and three assists have followed under Tuchel’s reign, but his profligacy wasn’t Tuchel’s problem on Monday. Instead it was the striker’s reluctance to move back to the right wing after drifting onto the left.

At 0-0, pitchside microphones picked up Tuchel saying: “Timo, how long are you staying on the left? You’re playing on the right! The last 15 mins you’ve only been on the left! Don’t you understand?”

Werner finding life ‘tough’

Werner scored 34 goals in 45 games last season, including 28 in 34 Bundesliga games.

Overall, meanwhile, he netted 95 times in 159 outings for Leipzig after joining in the summer of 2016.

However, he has struggled to recreate that form in England, scoring only five goals in 27 Premier League games. Indeed, he went 14 games without a goal in the top flight between November and February.

Asked last week by BBC Sport how he has found his debut season at Chelsea, Werner said: “Very tough, I think when you don’t score as a striker it’s always tough.

“But it’s a period like 15 games in the Premier League, I don’t know exactly, I never had it in my career before.

“It was tough for me because I want to help the team, I want to score because that’s my nature, I’m a striker.”


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