Ralph Hasenhuttl may be facing the prospect of having to deal with Timo Werner this weekend, but that hasn't stopped him giving Frank Lampard a few tactical pointers on how to best use the striker.
Southampton's manager worked closely with Chelsea's frontman Werner for two years while in charge at Red Bull Leipzig previously.
While Werner has kicked on another gear since Hasenhuttl departed the Bundesliga club, he no doubt picked up a few tips from his old boss.
And despite being on the opposite side when Southampton travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Hasenhuttl is still looking forward to a reunion.
"I hope [I will get to speak to him] but hopefully not to congratulate him for a goal," Hasenhuttl said. "He was fantastic for me in his first year, scored plenty of goals.
"I have worked with a lot players and he is one of the quickest and he is really hard to defend against.
"He is getting a more complete striker now and is learning a lot. He is a good striker for Chelsea and he is only happy when he scores, so I hope he is unhappy after the game."
Werner, 24, has so far managed to find the net just once in his five appearances for Chelsea, but was back in scoring form for Germany in Tuesday's draw with Switzerland.
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Lampard has often opted to use Werner up front with a target-man type player, with Tammy Abraham the more regular occupant in the role so far.
And while Hasenhuttl is wary of the threat of his old colleague, he also offered Lampard a word of advice on how to best use Werner to deadly effect.
"I think when he has a team that gets him into the space he wants to be then he is very hard to defend against,” the Saints' boss added.
"They haven't seen the best of him yet but it would be a mistake to reduce Chelsea to Timo, though. They have plenty of other good players in the squad."
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