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Werner grateful to Lampard but feeling more ‘at home’ under Tuchel

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After a good start to his Chelsea career, Timo Werner cooled off rather calamitously, and only managed to end his career-worst 100-day, 1000-minute league goal-drought a couple weeks ago. And while he never completely faded out of the team thanks to his relentless work-rate and generally unyielding desire to be involved, we didn’t exactly sign him to provide assists or just win all the penalties.

Werner has indeed been key to Tuchel’s plans just as he was to Lampard’s, though there’s one key difference between the two that has made Werner feel a bit more at home these days, being yelled at in German.

“That’s definitely a huge advantage for me and all other German-speaking players. Even though I work a lot on my English, I was not always able to express myself the way I wanted and had to be careful not to be misunderstood. This is, of course, no longer a problem with the new manager. You almost feel a bit at home.”

Any one of us who may have had to move, live, study, or work in a different country and especially in a different language can surely relate to Werner’s comfort levels.

And that is of course no slight to the previous regime, especially as that previous regime played a huge part in convincing Werner to sign for the club in the first place.

“The fact things didn’t go well for me had nothing to do with [Lampard] because I got off to a flying start. He’s a huge personality, I have a lot of respect for him and I’m grateful to him for bringing me to Chelsea. Under him I got to know the English way of playing, and it was definitely good for my game that I learned to work more with my body and to give me. He kept asking for that.”

-Timo Werner; source: kicker via Sport Witness

Werner won’t ever be confused for a big burly target man, but he’s used his physicality to good effect — not just his speed, but his stamina as well, especially in a league where spaces to run behind are not so readily available. Both Lampard and Tuchel have appreciated his efforts (even when not successful), and more recently he’s struck up a good understanding with the resurrected Marcos Alonso on the left flank of Tuchel’s 3-4-3.

While Werner was kept off the scoresheet over the weekend, we could certainly use a few more goals from him in the coming days and weeks ... and months and years.