Thomas Tuchel believes Timo Werner can get over his lean run if he simply stops overthinking about what to do in decisive situations.
Chelsea forward Timo Werner’s poor form in front of goal has remained a focus for large parts of the season and the issue came to the fore once again during Germany’s match against North Macedonia this week. Werner missed a glit-edged chance in front of goal as the four-time world champions suffered a shock 2-1 defeat. However, Blues manager Thomas Tuchel, who was named Premier League manager of the month for March, believes Werner can get over his lean run if he simply stops overthinking about what to do in decisive situations.
“I’m happy that he’s back here because here he is protected. We demand a lot from him and we get a lot from him,” Tuchel said on Friday.
“He’s in a moment where he lacks confidence and things are not too easy but this is the most criticised point of his career so far but look at the statistics – he scores for us, he is getting assists for us, he is winning decisive penalties for us.
“This guy scored since he was five years old and he never stopped so he can trust that his brain and his body remembers how to do that. Now is not the moment to think about it or read about it or even train extra.”
Tuchel added that Werner will be starting for Chelsea against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and also added that he refused to let the former RB Leipzig forward do extra training and shooting drills on Thursday.
“I sent him in from training (on Thursday) because he wanted to do some finishing with us but I told him he doesn’t need that. He needs to have his head up and a smile on his face and to work his way out of the situation.”
Yet while Tuchel was clear that Werner would start, he also hinted that Mason Mount – who has racked up a significant number of minutes for club anc country in recent times – will also be playing.
“Once I see him (Mount) without that big smile on his face or without the sparkle in his eyes then maybe I’ll have to think if the moment has arrived where he plays too much but right now I feel he is very excited about the situation,” he said.
“He is very mature, which is quite impressive, and that’s why I’m not worried at the moment. He’s a super reliable player for us, shows top quality, is very strong under pressure in the games and he can deliver every three days.
“I don’t want to talk too much about him being tired because I can feel him very relaxed. Even if he’s physically tired, I feel him mentally totally clear and that is what’s very impressive for me.
“This is maybe the key factor that he can have a big career because he has both feet on the ground. At the moment, he’s in a good place.”
Chelsea take on West Brom in a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in the day’s early kick-off (5 PM IST).