Chelsea Head Coach Thomas Tuchel has asked Werner to cheer up in order to find his way back to the starting line for the Blues. The German international was an unused substitute in Tuchel’s first game in charge of Chelsea against Wolves on Wednesday.
The Chelsea forward has managed to score just one goal in his last 16 appearances across all competitions. The former RB Leipzig player struggled to score goals during Lampard’s reign at Chelsea, and Tuchel has now been assigned the task to get Werner back to his best. However, considering the performances from Hudson-Odoi, Mount and Abraham on Wednesday, its unlikely Tuchel would start the German international against Burnley on Sunday.
On why Werner didn’t feature against Wolves
On asked why Werner didn’t play against Wolves, Tuchel said “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. But sometimes as a striker it does not help if you care a lot. Sometimes as a striker it’s better to not care at all.”
“Right now 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.”
On Werner’s best position
Tuchel said he is hopeful of finding a system that would help Werner get back to his usual best. The German added “From his profile, I would say he prefers to have space.“
“That’s clear because he’s super-fast and he likes to play in the last line, very very very high up, but a little bit more to the left, half open to the goal and to receive the balls into the open space. This is a given.”
“Can we develop movements, patterns, behaviour to use his quality in narrow spaces? That’s my job and I’m absolutely convinced we can because the guy is open, the guy is friendly and the guy is eager to learn.”
“There will be games – 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. But there are movements to create with him that he can help us, I am sure.“