Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku can form a ‘dangerous’ partnership after combining well against Tottenham – and insists his fellow German is ‘more relaxed and confident’ after poor debut season

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  • Timo Werner is ‘more at ease with more confidence’, says Thomas Tuchel
  • Werner loses his spot in starting 11 since Romelu Lukaku’s return to Chelsea
  • Tuchel reveals the forward is disappointed with his recent performance
  • Chelsea boss also highlighted Thiago Silva’s ‘excellent’ performance on Sunday

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Chelsea forward Timo Werner is gaining confidence and has shown he can form a promising partnership with fellow striker Romelu Lukaku, manager Thomas Tuchel said on Tuesday.

While new recruit Lukaku has taken the field at the start of the season with four goals, Werner is yet to open his account after a disappointing 2020-21 campaign in which he scored only six times in the league.

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The German forward lost his place in the starting lineup after the arrival of Lukaku, but substituted for the Belgian teammate and Tuchel said he can prove his worth when Chelsea host Aston Villa in the League Cup on Wednesday.

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Thomas Tuchel thinks Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner together could be ‘dangerous’

Chelsea boss says Werner is becoming more confident with his decision-making

Chelsea boss says Werner is becoming more confident with his decision-making

“He clearly told us how dangerous he and Romelu can be together,” Tuchel told reporters.

There was some disappointment from Euros and the first matches, I don’t think he was happy with his performance.

‘The things you don’t see, in training sessions, he’s more relaxed, more fluid in his movements, with more confidence.

‘So he came early against Tottenham, a clear sign he is on the good side and he can prove it tomorrow.

‘Timo was in better shape and we had him in a dangerous position around Romelu. And he’s got a help… He walks smarter, he’s independent and he makes decisions with more confidence… Hopefully he can push himself and continue that pace.’

Tuchel said under-utilized players would get minutes against Villa but goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is yet to recover from a hip injury and the German coach is expected to return to the big leagues against Manchester City on Saturday. will return.

‘It’s a race against pain and time. We hope he trains on Thursday so that he can be back for Saturday.

The German forward aimed for a 3-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday

The German forward aimed for a 3-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday

Thiago Silva is 'excellent' and getting 'better and better' with experience, says Tuchel

Thiago Silva is ‘excellent’ and getting ‘better and better’ with experience, says Tuchel

Tuchel also heaped special praise on Brazil defender Thiago Silva, who was named man of the match in Sunday’s win over Spurs and turned 37 on Wednesday.

Tuchel said, “The outlook from him to recover is excellent to live this life as a professional player.

‘What he eats, when he eats, how he recovers, how he trains – when he’s on the pitch, he trains thoroughly.

‘He clearly keeps getting better and better with his experience… Getting out of the position he had in Paris (Saint-Germain) and entering the toughest competition in Europe shows just how competitive he is. Is.’

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