PREMIER - Chelsea, Tuchel backs Werner to come good
Thomas Tuchel has tipped a “more relaxed” Timo Werner to hit top form at Chelsea.
The £53million striker has found himself on the fringes at Stamford Bridge in the early stages of the new campaign, but boss Tuchel now expects all that to change.
Club record £98million signing Romelu Lukaku linked well with replacement Werner in Sunday’s 3-0 Premier League win at Tottenham, leaving Tuchel impressed with the Germany international’s signs of resurgence.
Werner is expected to feature in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, where Kepa Arrizabalaga should continue in goal.
“Timo can play with Romelu, he did very well at Tottenham,” said Tuchel. “That gave us a clear impression of how dangerous these two can also be together. There was some disappointment to brush off his shoulders from the Euros during the summer.
“And from the first games I think he was not happy with the performances in the beginning. We know that he can be much more dangerous and much more of an attacking threat than he was.
“But in the last training sessions he’s been more relaxed, more fluid in his movements, and showing more confidence.
“And that’s why we put him on early against Tottenham, because we saw this development and there are clear signs that he is on a good way. And I hope he can show and prove it tomorrow.”