Chelsea Head Coach Thomas Tuchel has backed German duo of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz despite their struggles in recent games. Havertz was again deployed as a false 9 in their midweek Champions League quarterfinal first leg against FC Porto, while Werner played on the left.
Tammy Abraham, who was Chelsea’s top scorer last season, has found it very difficult to get back into Tuchel’s plans. The England international is hoping to get some game time under his belt before the Euro championships in order to secure a starting berth under Gareth Southgate. However, the German insisted he was more interested in Chelsea’s success rather than personal goals.
Speaking to reporters ahead of their league game against Crystal Palace, Thoma Tuchel said “I cannot make a decision on the personal goals of players. Kepa Arrizabalaga also has the goal to play for Spain but this can’t influence my decisions. I’ve got to do what I believe is best for Chelsea.”
“Tammy has had a rough time. He’s not had the impact we demand from him. He then got injured and lost the possibility to play for his place. We’re in the decisive part of the season, where it’s not so easy to bring injured players into shape.”
Backing Werner and Havertz, Tuchel said “Look at the games Porto played. They make it tough. It’s not the easiest task up front but they had a big impact defensively, they worked hard. We will not lose trust. We accept sometimes it’s hard to have an impact.”
“We accept sometimes it’s hard sometimes to have a big impact. Maybe Timo misses a bit of confidence in his finishing but Kai I feel is very self-confident. There are no bigger concerns. It was just in this game we tried to change the momentum.”
The Chelsea Head Coach confirmed there are no injury concerns, and said the team needs to get back to winning ways in the league after a heavy defeat to West Brom last week. The German added “We have to start over and over again, and this is the challenge. It’s very important we are fully focused on every challenge we have, forget the games and results we had, accept every new challenge and raise new challenges right from the start.”
“We do it step by step and we can rely with full fitness, we arrive without big injuries, hopefully it stays like thisWe can defend as a team and we can rely on our solidarity and strong bond on the pitch and the hard defensive work hopefully gives us a big amount of self-confidence to go through all these steps.”
“There are teams waiting for us who play a little bit less, but we need to accept it and rely on ourselves. The main target is finding a good balance between recovery, training and then being focused on taking it step by step.”