Chelsea striker Timo Werner has credited Thomas Tuchel with his recent uptuck in form, saying the new boss ‘explains things easier’ than sacked Frank Lampard.
The former RB Leipzig, now Chelsea striker, 24, has endured a topsy-turvy season since his £47.5million move last summer – even going on a 14-game Premier League goal drought before his strike against Newcastle last week.
And Werner believes his ability to communicate more clearly with Tuchel has been crucial, having recently called the new boss’ arrival a ‘fresh start’.
Werner told Sky Sports: “When you have a new manager it is, every time, a new beginning for everybody, so it was a new beginning for me as well.
“I said, ‘OK, I missed so many chances, I missed so many points and maybe I will start now.’
“I understood the old manager very well, it was not because of the language.
“But I think when you can talk German to someone, you can explain some things easier.
“Maybe he [Tuchel] would explain things easier than the old manager, for example, because it can be different when you talk to someone in your own language.
“Maybe misunderstanding a word can make a sentence completely different.”
The Chelsea striker continued, “I think he has changed me in this way to give me his trust and change my confidence.
“I don’t care about the missed chances or the past.
“I want to look to the future to get the team back to the top and to score goals.”
Earlier this week, Werner revealed he’s finally starting to feel ‘at home‘.
Werner told German magazine Kicker: “His arrival was a fresh start for me and the other German players.
“Even though I have been practising my English a lot I haven’t always been able to express myself the way I wanted.
“I had to be very careful not to be misunderstood.
“Of course that is no longer a problem [under Tuchel]. I’m starting to feel at home a little bit.
“During the difficult times it was a relief for me to be able to talk at times with my national teammates, Kai Havertz and Antonio Rudiger, about other matters besides football.
“At the start I thought that I could carry on doing my usual thing. But you never have an easy game in England.
“The players are all over six foot tall, strong and quick – including the defenders.”