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Thomas Tuchel Admits Chelsea's Possession-Style Football Does Not Suit Timo Werner

By Amreen
Thomas Tuchel has said Chelsea's possession-based game might be hindering Timo Werner
Thomas Tuchel has said Chelsea's possession-based game might be hindering Timo Werner / Pool/Getty Images

Thomas Tuchel has admitted that Chelsea's possession-heavy style of football sometimes holds Timo Werner back, who likes to run about freely and exploit open spaces.

Werner, who arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer for £47.5million from RB Leipzig, has scored just five goals in 24 Premier League games since joining the Blues. He has scored just once in the eight games that Tuchel has been in charge, and the 47-year-old believes Chelsea's approach could be stifling the playmaker's ability.

"Maybe it is our fault because we have a lot of possession and we push opponent teams very, very deep in their half so spaces are not too big," said Tuchel ahead of his side's crucial home match against Manchester United on Sunday.

"The biggest strength of Timo is to attack the space behind the last line so it is maybe also our fault in the dominant game that we play in the moment, it is very natural that the spaces are closed by the opponents. A game like against Atletico, is there any team out there in the world that can close spaces like Atletico? I don't know.

"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."

It took Werner five league games to get off the mark, when he scored twice in the disappointing 3-3 draw with Southampton. Two goals in games against Burnley and Sheffield United suggested that he had finally found his scoring boost. But with Chelsea's slump came Werner's too, until he bagged the opener against Newcastle on February 15 - 15 games after his strike against the Blades.

He will be looking to add to his tally as the Blues look to leapfrog West Ham United in the league table if they defeat Manchester United over the weekend.