Tuchel reveals major concern over Timo Werner as Chelsea beat Arsenal in friendly

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel concedes he has concern over how clinical Timo Werner is in front of goal, saying he could have been more decisive in the win over Arsenal on Sunday.

The German forward scored 12 goals in his first campaign at Chelsea, arriving last summer, although he only scored six in the Premier League in 35 matches.

It was a tough season for the former RB Leipzig star and he did not fare much better with Germany at the European Championships, failing to score as his country were knocked out at the last 16 stage.

Werner made the assist for Kai Havertz’s goal in the 2-1 victory over Arsenal on Sunday but also missed some chances of his own as his poor form in front of goal continued.

Asked if his lack of goals is going to be a problem, Tuchel said of Werner: ‘I hope not, he had also an assist.

‘Nothing has changed so far. He had a so-so Euros with Germany, but that was a concern of the whole team not his personal problem.

‘Now it’s on him. Like always it’s on him to show his quality and his ability. ‘It’s very hard to have a first match, first 45 minutes after a tough week that we put into the players, to play on this kind of level.

‘I’m happy that he was dangerous but there were some chances where he could be more decisive, could have scored could have assisted another one or two.

‘It’s a bit the same, like in the last games, but like I said, we’ve just started and it’s not the moment to blame.’

Tammy Abraham replaced Werner at the break against the Gunners and scored the winning goal as he fights for his Chelsea future.

The 23-year-old is expected to leave the club this summer, falling completely out of favour under Tuchel last campaign, although interested clubs like West Ham, Aston Villa & Arsenal are not willing to meet his £40m asking price.

The England international conceded he was struggling after the friendly, but is not talking like a player on the way out of the London club.

‘I’m absolutely tired, shattered,’ he said. ‘The boys have been working hard in training and it’s for the best. We are all ready for the season. We still have time, players are still coming back. We will get there.’


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