Chelsea: Tuchel praises Werner after goal
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Chelsea are unhappy with Timo Werner behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge, according to reports. The Germany international only joined the club from RB Leipzig back in the summer transfer window. But he’s failed to impress, toiling under both Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel so far.
Chelsea thought they were onto a winner when they signed Werner in the summer.
The Germany international touched down at Stamford Bridge on the back of a successful season at RB Leipzig, where he plundered home 34 goals across all competitions.
Werner has failed to adjust to his new surroundings at Chelsea, however, struggling under both Lampard and Tuchel so far.
Tuchel has, on more than one occasion, been overheard venting his fury towards the club’s No 11 on the touchline throughout his brief spell in the dugout.
And Football Insider claim that, behind the scenes, Chelsea are unhappy.
They feel disappointed by Werner’s performances in west London so far, believing he’s not operating at the level they’d hoped.
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The report also says Chelsea could cut their losses on the forward at the end of the season, with a swap deal with Borussia Dortmund possible.
And Roman Abramovich is ready to fund yet another summer spending spree to ensure they close the gap on the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City next term.
Should Werner leave, he’d become the latest big-name attacking signing to flop with the Blues.
Mateja Kezman arrived at Stamford Bridge back in the summer transfer window of 2004 but scored just seven goals from 41 appearances for the club.
Herman Crespo did well enough during his two seasons in the Chelsea first team but the Argentina international, ultimately, never lived up to expectations.
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Fernando Torres arrived with high hopes in January 2011.
But the Spain international, while playing a part in Europa League and Champions League triumphs, never became the player Chelsea had hoped he would be.
And Alvaro Morata was dire upon touching down in the capital in 2017 after the Blues missed out on signing Romelu Lukaku, who headed to Old Trafford.
Speaking in February, Werner admitted he felt ‘guilty’ over his Chelsea struggles – claiming he’d underestimated how touch the Premier League would be.
“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,” he said.
“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.
“The past was like this and of course I feel a little bit guilty, but in football you have to go on, and now we have a lot of big games in the next few weeks and you have to look forward, especially when you have a new manager.
“It’s a new beginning for everybody, for me as well because I’d missed so many chances and so many points, maybe I start now with a new start, and it’s worked very well until now.
“I understood the old manager very well.
“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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