Chelsea gaffer Thomas Tuchel has admitted the team’s style of play may be responsible for his inability to hit the back of the net.
Chelsea prepare ahead of a crucial home tie with Manchester United on Sunday.
The Blues hope to get a win that would lift them into the top four and within three points of the second-placed Red Devils.
Recall Chelsea are unbeaten in eight games since Tuchel took charge – but Werner’s goalscoring struggles haven’t gone away, with the striker having netted just once in his last 16 Premier League outings.
And the manager has admitted his possession-based style of football may not be working for the Germany star, who fired 34 goals for RB Leipzig last season.
Tuchel said, “Maybe it is our fault because we have a lot of possession and we push opponent teams bery, very deep in their half so spaces are not too big,” said Tuchel ahead of the visit of United.
“The biggest strength of Timo is to attack the space behind the last line so it may also be our fault in the dominant game that we play in the moment, it is very natural that the spaces are closed by the opponents.”
Thomas Tuchel went further to admit that Werner was stifled in the previous UEFA Champions League game against Atletico Madrid.
By contrast, United’s defending has been their Achilles heel at times this season, and Chelsea have been working on how to maximise Werner’s threat ahead of the showdown.
“A game like against Atletico, is there any team out there in the world that can close spaces like Atletico? I don’t know,” he said.
This is not exactly the opponent that you wish for Timo to show all his skills, so what is left for him is to not lose faith and work for the team. We are reflecting a lot about this and working a lot with him.
“There are also solutions in tight spaces to use his speed in the first metres, to use his acceleration.
‘But it is not easy for him and I can totally see this. It is why I am very patient and very supportive and I believe in his potential and character and of course his goalscoring skills,” said Tuchel.
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