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Proactive Timo Werner does whatever it takes to get in shape


It seemed inevitable that Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge signaled a change of fortune for Timo Werner.

A compatriot installed on the managerial seat, and – if we are to believe the swirling reports – in charge of specifically restoring his form and his confidence and that of Kai Havertz.

Of course, a center-forward (even if he’s rarely been deployed to his preferred position) will always be judged on his goal production, and with Werner still stalled on that front, there are reasons for reluctance when discussing of the 24-year-old. progress at Chelsea.

However, the German’s display against Sheffield United on Sunday night suggests that a turn has been turned on what is proving to be a long and arduous road to personal recovery.

Having been the butt of Frank Lampard’s wrath and often sidelined towards the end of his tenure, Tuchel eased Werner into his system, adhering to this supposed prerequisite for the job and playing his compatriot at his favorite place – in a sort of free role just to the left of a central striker – and allowing his form to improve organically.

Timo Werner, Chris Basham
Werner walks away from Chris Basham | Clive Mason / Getty Images

By playing him there and reaping the rewards, Tuchel had implemented exactly the plan he outlined in an interview with Sky Germany after the victory over Burnley last weekend.

“We need a good position for him so that he can play a bit between the left wing and the center forward and we can get him behind the last row at high speed.”

Tuchel on the best of Werner

Having been left on the bench for the head coach’s arc against Wolves, there were signs of progress against the Clarets, and again against Tottenham as Werner claimed the winning penalty.

But it was Sunday night against the Blades that Tuchel’s patience really paid off.

From the first minute, Werner was producing the kind of points in the left channel that made him such a threat in his homeland, getting between and behind Chris Basham and John Egan twice at the start, clearing himself from the goal line of the opening of the score.

Two minutes before halftime he was there again, this time collecting the ball at the start line in that left channel and reducing a perfect low pass for Mason Mount to sweep hope on the run. A very aesthetic goal and an aid as a reward for an industrious first half for Werner.

With his manager’s words of encouragement surely ringing in his ear, the £ 47.5million man seemed determined not to let go in the early stages of the second period, demonstrating the freedom of his role as ” ten left ”and appearing on the other side. the front line.

Mount celebrates goal with supplier Werner | CLIVE MASON / Getty Images

After conceding an equalizer, frankly, hilariously on a goal against his own Toni Rüdiger, it was from the right that Werner jumped up to offer the opportunity to win a game at Chelsea for the second time in as many games.

Grabbing a loose pass, the German smashed into the goal and gently tried to get around Aaron Ramsdale, before being brutally shot by the keeper. Penalty, Jorginho, goal and three points back to Stamford Bridge.

Timo Werner and Aaron Ramsdale
Werner is taken for the penalty | Pool / Getty Images

While a scoreless 14th Premier League game is undoubtedly a concern, that sort of disinterested, all-in-action display the Man of the Match will make him love the manager as much as the fans (just ask Roberto Firmino) and is a huge step forward in the direction of a full return to form.

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