Monday, February 22, 2021
Werner’s clear text about the goal crisis
“No longer referred to as a super striker”
Thomas Tuchel has given Timo Werner the laugh, for which the German star striker of Chelsea FC now wants to thank with goals. The first Champions League night under the new team manager came in handy, just in time Tuchel heaved the international striker before the first leg of the first leg against Spain’s leaders Atlético Madrid on Tuesday (9 p.m. / DAZN and in the live ticker on ntv.de.) out of the crisis.
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 at eye level. Both teams concede few goals and can play very good football,” he told the “kicker”. Since Atlético has a top international attacker in their ranks in Luis Suárez, 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. He had studied English diligently, but under Tuchel’s predecessor, Frank Lampard, who was dismissed in January, he was not always able to communicate as he would have liked.
“Brought down to earth”
The attitude of Tuchel, who is still undefeated as Chelsea coach, has given the lightning-fast attacker wings. Although he has only scored one goal in the last four league games, he also provided three assists.
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. 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. “Of course I have noticed that in such a lull you are no longer necessarily called a super striker. In the last few months I have been brought down to earth,” said Werner.
The national player 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 national team colleagues Antonio Rüdiger and Kai Havertz, who are also suffering.
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.”