Timo Werner identifies Thomas Tuchel’s “greatest problem” at Chelsea and claims the manager “forgot” about him.
Timo Werner pinpoints the “greatest obstacle” Thomas Tuchel encountered at Stamford Bridge before being fired as head coach.
Under former Blues manager Tuchel, the 26-year-old former Chelsea player won the Champions League trophy. In the championship game versus Manchester City, Werner got the start.
Werner, however, struggled to find his scoring touch in England and only managed to score 10 goals in 56 appearances for Chelsea.
After spending two seasons with Chelsea, the German international made his way back to Leipzig in 2022. Werner committed to his present team till 2026.
Werner admitted to The Sun that Tuchel’s decision to start Romelu Lukaku over him after Chelsea’s Champions League victory was his “toughest moment” at Chelsea.
“The main issue was that [Tuchel] put a striker like Lukaku in front of me in the second season after I won the Champions League by playing almost every game in the first squad,” he said.
“Getting a player at that particular time was the hardest for me. In front of me, costing 120 million euros is a very good player. Lukaku was a powerful striker who had to play after incurring such expenses, and I didn’t feel honored enough to do so.
“Maybe there was another factor in why I experienced ups and downs.”
Nevertheless, Lukaku had a disastrous second stint with Chelsea. In a shocking interview, he also publicly criticized Tuchel’s strategies.
On his second stint, the 29-year-old Belgian striker played one season for Chelsea. Thus, following a season-long loan, he returned to the San Siro last summer.
Werner claimed that Tuchel “forgot” about him while he was a Chelsea player. He was able to rediscover “enjoyment” after leaving Leipzig.
“I performed admirably throughout my first six months at Chelsea, as expected by the team and the fans. I performed well and scored the goals,” he claimed.
“When you’ve experienced success like the kind I did in Germany or with Chelsea. Taking part in almost all of the games in the inaugural season, winning the Champions League in 2021, scoring against Real Madrid in the semifinal, and scoring, many goals.
“The management then seemed to have forgotten a bit of all this. It wasn’t fair. To regain the fun, I also had to return to Leipzig.
“I didn’t feel that anymore, but you need it to succeed. Perhaps; in the end, all I wanted was to leave.”