The first Champions League night under the new team manager comes in handy, just in time Tuchel heaved the national striker out of the crisis before the first leg of the last 16 against Spain’s leaders Atletico Madrid on Tuesday (9 p.m. in the live ticker on ran.de).
Duel “at eye level” – focus on Werner
In the duel with the counter-machine from the Spanish capital, relocated to Bucharest due to the corona, the re-energized Werner definitely sees opportunities. “I think we are on an equal footing. Both teams concede few goals and can play very good football,” he told kicker. Since Atletico has a top international attacker in their ranks in Luis Suarez, a precise Werner is particularly important for Tuchel.
The goal doldrums of the 24-year-old had lasted 1000 hard minutes in the English Premier League before he stumbled over the line with a ball against Newcastle United the previous week. A relief for Werner, who may have often felt misunderstood during his first six months in London. Linguistic too.
Although he had diligently studied English, he was not always able to communicate as he would have liked under Tuchel’s predecessor, Frank Lampard, who was dismissed in January.
Werner feels more comfortable in the game system
The attitude of Tuchel, who is still undefeated as Chelsea coach, has given the lightning-fast attacker wings.
Tuchel uses Werner in a similar way as Julian Nagelsmann did at RB Leipzig before Werner moved to the Blues for 53 million euros in the summer. He plays on the left of two tens behind the striker.
“On the one hand, I can drift to the left, but I can also do my runs through the middle. And I’m more involved in the game and a lot more dangerous,” said Werner.
However, Lampard saw him mostly on the wing or in the attack center, where the German was often lost and could not use his speed from the depths of the room. Ten goals and nine assists in 33 competitive games are okay.
Tuchel as a breast loosener for Werner
But for a long time the relentless English media and TV experts only remembered the chances that Werner missed so numerous that there are YouTube clips of them.
Werner tensed up – until Tuchel released the tension. “I just had to let go of all the pressure of having to score goals,” he said. He was also helped by the alliance with his also suffering national team colleagues Antonio Rüdiger and Kai Havertz.
Havertz’s 80 million promise in particular was repeatedly shaken by injuries and a corona infection, while Rüdiger was temporarily left out under Lampard. It was already the case, said a laughing Werner, “that one was the scaffolding for the other. But sometimes we also had to be careful not to pull each other down.”
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