Tuchel reveals Lukaku’s new strike partner
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel believes Timo Werner is forming a lethal partnership with Romelu Lukaku.
During the summer transfer window, the Blues paid just under £100 million to bring Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge, and the Belgian has since scored four goals in five appearances across all competitions.
Meanwhile, Werner, who cost Chelsea £48 million last year, has started just one Premier League game this season and has come off the bench three times.
Werner, on the other hand, provided the cutback for fellow German Antonio Rudiger’s goal in a 3-0 win over London rivals Tottenham.
Perhaps more importantly, he impressed Tuchel with his movement, dovetailing well off Lukaku to cause confusion in the Spurs backline. Werner is expected to start against Aston Villa in the EFL Cup on Wednesday, a huge opportunity for the Germany international to prove his worth.
“He gave us a clear impression of how dangerous he and Romelu can be together,” Tuchel told reporters.
“There was some disappointment from the Euros and the first games, I don’t think he was happy with his performances.
“The stuff that you don’t see, in training sessions, he’s more relaxed, more fluid in his movements, with more confidence. That’s why he came on early against Tottenham, there are clear signs he is in a good way and he can prove it tomorrow.
“Timo was in better positions and we had him in dangerous positions around Romelu. And he got an assist… he moves smart, he’s free and his decision making is with more confidence… Hopefully, he can push himself and keep that momentum going.”
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