Thomas Tuchel has pledged to help Chelsea striker Timo Werner rediscover his form after a miserable first season in the Premier League.
Werner was inclined to set the Premier League on fire with his pace, but since his move from RB Leipzig, has struggled in front of the goal. Werner lost form and confidence, having scored only one goal in his last 16 outings for Chelsea.
Tuchel, who was appointed as Chelsea boss after Frank Lampard’s dismissal is now keen to help Werner get back on track.
“I would say he prefers to have space, because he’s super-fast and he likes to play in the last line, very, very high up – but a little more to the left, half-open to the goal and to receive balls into open space,” said Tuchel.
“Can we develop movements, patterns, behaviour to use his quality in narrow spaces? That’s my job and I’m absolutely convinced we can – because the guy is open, the guy is friendly and the guy is eager to learn.”
“At the moment, why I did not use him against Wolves on Wednesday, I saw his face was a bit closed, and the weight is on his shoulders.
“Right now it’s important to rebuild his trust in himself and to find a smile on his face and stop doubting too much. It’s my job to do this, to help him with this, and then to find also a position where we can use his strengths.”
Tuchel’s first test as Chelsea boss was on Wednesday against Wolverhampton where the two teams settled for a goalless draw. His second game will be on Sunday evening at Stamford Bridge when they host Burnley.