Chelsea: Tuchel reacts to win over Newcastle
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Thomas Tuchel was brought to Chelsea to get the best out of new signing Timo Werner – among others – and appears to be doing so already. Werner bagged his first goal in Tuchel’s reign against Newcastle on Monday night.
Chelsea have been looking solid since Tuchel took over from Lampard.
The German head coach has an unbeaten run in the Chelsea dugout, having won five of his first six games at the club.
Tuchel was brought in to succeed where Lampard failed – getting the best out of the new signings.
In particular, Werner and Kai Havertz were the two players with lofty expectations when they joined for a combined £140million.
And it seems he’s already succeeding with Werner after he bagged a tap-in on Monday after going 14 games in the league without finding the net.
More notable, however, was his build-up work with Marcos Alonso.
Much has been made of Werner’s positioning, with the forward having the ability to play either out wide or through the middle.
He played on the left on Monday and enjoyed a solid game, linking up well with Alonso.
Spanish defender Alonso was employed slightly deeper in the Chelsea side and had success going forward to make overlapping runs.
That allowed Werner to drift further out wide and fill into the space left by Alonso, leaving him free to attack the space and run at the Newcastle defence.
Speaking afterwards, Tuchel insisted that was no accident, and discussed the tactical shift he made in order to allow both to attack with freedom.
The Chelsea boss also opened up on his ability to keep a central striker in the team in order to play Werner off him.
He said: “We know he likes to drift out a little bit to the wing, between the full-back and centre-back.
“So we try to bring him into these positions he likes to play next to a guy who is a reference in the middle like Tammy [Abraham] and [Olivier Giroud].
“We wanted to escape the pressure in the half positions today so we played Mason on the right and Marcos more inside to keep Timo stay in a high position and use his speed.
“It worked well in the first half, the second half lacked precision.”
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