Thomas Tuchel vows to help rebuild Timo Werner's confidence
Thomas Tuchel vows to help rebuild Timo Werner’s confidence as new Chelsea boss reveals out-of-form £53m striker is suffering self-doubt amid goalscoring struggles
- Thomas Tuchel says he will help Timo Werner find his confidence at Chelsea
- The £53m signing has failed to score a league goal for almost three months
- Tuchel omitted him from the Wolves game due to suffering from self-doubt
- The new Chelsea boss revealed that Werner ‘cares a lot’ amid his goal drought
Thomas Tuchel omitted Timo Werner from his first game in charge of Chelsea because he fears he is suffering self-doubt under the weight of his poor form.
Werner has not scored a Premier League goal for almost three months and Tuchel found him in low spirits when he arrived at Stamford Bridge this week.
‘Sometimes as a striker it does not help if you care a lot,’ said Chelsea’s new head coach. ‘Sometimes as a striker it’s better to not care at all. But he’s not that guy. He cares and he’s not happy with himself and with the way things went lately.
Thomas Tuchel has vowed to help rebuild the confidence of Chelsea striker Timo Werner
‘At the moment — and the reason why I did not use him on Wednesday — I see his face is a bit closed and the weight is on his shoulders. He cares a lot and that shows he has a fantastic character.
‘It’s important to rebuild his trust in himself and to find a smile on his face and stop doubting too much. It’s my job to do this, to help him with this and then to find also a position where we can use his strengths.’
Chelsea beat Liverpool to sign Germany forward Werner from Leipzig last summer in a deal worth up to £53million.
The £53million summer signing has failed to score a league goal for almost three months
New Chelsea boss Tuchel says he noticed that Werner is suffering self-doubt upon his arrival
He opened with a flourish of eight goals in a dozen appearances but has found the net only once in 16 games since, a goal against Morecambe of League Two in the FA Cup third round.
Chelsea’s results took a turn for the worse as his goals dried up. They slid down the Premier League table and Frank Lampard was dismissed as head coach on Monday.
Tuchel opted to start with Olivier Giroud up front in his first game, against Wolves, two days later.
The former PSG coach said he will utilise Werner in the right areas to get him firing again
He sent on Tammy Abraham from the bench in a game when the visitors defended deep and denied Chelsea the sort of space Werner thrives on.
‘I would say he prefers to have space,’ said Tuchel. ‘That’s clear because he’s super-fast and he likes to play in the last line, very high up, but a little bit more to the left, half open to the goal and to receive balls into the open space.
‘There will be games like on Wednesday, we had 80 per cent ball possession and it felt like we played 90 per cent of the match in the last 30 metres. Can we develop movements, patterns, behaviour to use his quality in narrow spaces? That’s my job and I’m convinced we can because the guy is open, the guy is friendly and the guy is eager to learn.’
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