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Thomas Tuchel sends brutal message to Timo Werner and his Chelsea squad

Thomas Tuchel has admitted mis-firing Timo Werner has to deliver more goals for Chelsea – and ordered him to trust his instincts.

The German coach was cracking the whip with his high-flying squad yesterday.

He’s guided them to an FA Cup final, to the brink of a Champions’ League final, and fighting off challengers for a place in the top four.

But Tuchel is demanding more, and urging Werner and his stars not to let a “brutal” playing schedule, and personal trials derail their quest for glory.

Tuchel reckons Werner’s could be over-thinking his goal drought which has seen him net just three times in 33 games since early November.

The 25-year-old got the winner against West Ham last weekend, but missed a good chance in the semi final against Real Madrid this week.

Asked about Werner he said: “Are we happy when he misses a chance like he did in the last game… NO.

“Do we wish for more goals, yes. Does he wish for more goals, yes.

“It is not about quality. It is about confidence and momentum. It is about trusting his instinct more and not overthinking it.

“It is easier said than done. I never scored a goal in my career! If I did it was like birthday and Christmas on the same day!

“He should keep his head up. This is what he does, this is what he used to do. What is the worst case scenario when the next chance comes? That he misses the chance. Billions of people never have a chance to take!

“So take the next chance.”

Tuchel’s side face Fulham looking to press home their advantage in the race for the top four, despite the game being sandwiched between huge European ties.

He added: “We are in the middle of the race. Is it easy to switch from one competition to another? No. But who cares. We don’t want easy.

“The players have worked hard to give us this advantage, to let it slip from our hands. Fully on and not hold back one percent. We play to win.”

Fulham have Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan this season.

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Tuchel has offered the former England midfielder an olive branch to prove himself again at Stamford Bridge…. because he reminds him of German legend Michael Ballack.

Tuchel said: “I am quite a fan of him. When he was younger – he is still young- but when he was coming from the Academy, and into professional football he reminded us a bit of Michael Ballack in his style of play and movement.

“He is on loan now and doing good. He is leaving his footprints there.

“It would not be fair to judge him on TV or hearsay. I want to work with players and give my opinion. Maybe that is quick but from a direct impression. I don’t know what his idea is, what my opinion is or the club’s so there is no decision.”

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Rafael van der Vaart launches astonishing attack on “blind horse” Timo Werner

Tottenham hero Rafael van der Vaart launched into a bizarre attack on Chelsea forward Timo Werner, claiming the £53million man has been playing like a “blind horse” during his first year at the club.

Werner has struggled to settle at Chelsea since joining from RB Leipzig last year.

The German striker signed after the Blues triggered his release clause in order to pip Liverpool to his signature.

Since signing, however, Werner has managed just five goals in 29 Premier League appearances, and has struggled to fit in at Stamford Bridge.

And Van der Vaart tore into the German during a rant over Chelsea’s current playing squad.

Chelsea star Timo Werner has struggled in his debut season at the club
Chelsea star Timo Werner has struggled in his debut season at the club
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Discussing Chelsea’s attacking options, he expressed that he feels Mason Mount needs to “take a step up”, and that Hakim Ziyech is the best of Chelsea’s playmakers.

Ziyech, like Werner, has struggled to settle and has been used as a bit-part player under Thomas Tuchel.

But Van der Vaart saved the strongest of his criticisms for Werner, who he claimed has been “a blind horse” since his days in the Bundesliga.

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Rafael van der Vaart heaped praise on Hakim Ziyech

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“I would always play Ziyech because he is the best,” he said, as reported by Sport Witness.

“Ziyech comes inside and also gives the cross, just like Mount. Giroud needs that.

“He [Werner] is super-fast, and that might be nice in an away game when you’re under pressure, but it’s just putting your head down and running around.

“Mount is a great footballer, who I do think needs to make a step up.

“I compare him a bit to Calvin Stengs: you have to become a bloke.

“Werner is really a blind horse. He has already proven that in Germany.”

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‘If I’d scored more, maybe he’d still be here’: Misfiring Timo Werner laments lack of goals may have cost Lampard Chelsea job

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Timo Werner has been anything but a rousing success since joining Chelsea from RB Leipzig last summer and the German forward admits his lack of goals may have played a part in Roman Abramovich’s decision to sack Frank Lampard.

Werner was hailed as the new focal point of Chelsea’s forward line when he signed a big-money deal to spearhead the Blues’ attack as part of Abramovich’s major investment into the club’s playing staff over the summer months.

So far though, the 35-times capped international has flattered to deceive up front, finding the net just five times in 24 Premier League appearances ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

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Werner has admitted that he has struggled to adapt to the pace and physicality of the infamously combative Premier League after an impressive campaign in the Bundesliga last season which saw him claim 28 goals in just 34 appearances.

And if he had been able to hit the ground running in West London, he says that things might just have been different for Frank Lampard – the club legend who was compelled to fall on his sword in response to a prolonged spell of poor form, and was subsequently replaced by Werner’s compatriot Thomas Tuchel.

When you come here to play as a striker and be the man to score the goals, of course I felt a little bit guilty that I missed so many chances,” Werner told Sky Sports. “For the club, for the old manager but also for me because I want to score all the time and as much as I possibly can.

“Of course, if I’d scored four or five more goals maybe the old manager would still be here because we’d maybe have won two or three games more but you can’t look too much into the past because there are too many games ahead of us.”

Chelsea’s initial signs under Tuchel have been promising. The club remain undefeated under his tenure, even if the type of dazzling, free-flowing style of football craved by Abramovich has yet to bed in. 

Installing the German into the Chelsea top job was thought to be – in part at least – designed to coax improved performances from Werner and the other megabucks summer investment from the Bundesliga, Kai Havertz.

And the signs, at least initially, are promising.

I understood the old manager very well,” he said. “It was not because of the language, but when you can talk German to someone, there are things he can explain to me easier than the old manager could. It’s different when you talk to someone in your own language because one word is enough to make a sentence completely different.

For me, that was the thing he changed. He knows me and his assistants know me from the Bundesliga. He gave me trust back and confidence back to be the Timo from the Bundesliga, to be back at the top and scoring goals.”

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Everyone associated with the club – even Lampard, the man who campaigned so vigorously to bring Werner to London – they will be hoping that Werner’s Premier League apprenticeship soon begins paying off.

And there is no better place to start than at home to Manchester United.