Chelsea: Tuchel laughs off question on Werner's future
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Chelsea have been tipped to sell Kai Havertz and Timo Werner if they continue to struggle in west London. Roman Abramovich signed the pair from Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig during the summer transfer window. But both players have, so far, failed to live up to expectations.
Chelsea are expected to name Werner and Havertz in their starting XI for tonight’s Champions League showdown with Atletico Madrid.
And, if both players get the nod, they’ll be out to prove a point.
Werner has struggled at Chelsea since joining from Leipzig, scoring just five Premier League goals from 28 appearances.
And Havertz has been another disappointment, with the former Leverkusen star failing to come close to justifying his £72million price tag.
Chelsea are known for being ruthless behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge and Mario Melchiot thinks Abramovich may consider selling the duo if they continue to toil.
“I think shipping them out would be a little bit too harsh,” he told talkSPORT.
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“But I definitely think Chelsea should consider it if they don’t start stepping up to the plate.
“If you are such a big team and you bring in two keys players to provide you with goals and they dont so that, of course you’re going to look elsewhere.
“That’s a key question Chelsea have to ask themselves, their form is really going to have to pick up.
“Playing well is great, and Tuchel said it that Havertz played well against Everton and Liverpool, so he should not worry about it, but on the other hand he’s a striker, so you need him to score.”
Tuchel has taken the blame for his striker’s struggles since taking over from Frank Lampard in January.
“We did some changes because we needed to adapt,” he said.
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“The results are not crazily bad. We need to be more precise and focus better on our decision-making, the technique, how to finish – and these are the points that we work on.
“Our strikers are very aware of that and they have the highest demands of themselves. We are not pointing fingers to make this clear.
“Then it is clearly my fault and I take responsibility for changing, but at the same time, if we put the goalkeeper in goal, we expect him to perform in that match.
“If we put the defensive line-up, then we expect the line-up to have a clean sheet and not just one in every three matches.
“We try to put them in a good mindset.
“We are pushing them and they’re working hard against the ball with the whole team, so this is also a point.”
Havertz has been pretty quiet at Chelsea off the field.
And that’s in stark contrast to Werner, who recently admitted he felt guilty following Lampard’s sacking as manager.
“When you come here to play as a striker and be the man to score the goals, of course I felt a little bit guilty that I missed so many chances,” he said.
“For the club, for the old manager but also for me because I want to score all the time and as much as I possibly can.
“Of course, if I’d scored four or five more goals maybe the old manager would still be here because we’d maybe have won two or three games more but you can’t look too much into the past because there are too many games ahead of us.
“The past was like this and of course I feel a little bit guilty, but in football you have to go on, and now we have a lot of big games in the next few weeks and you have to look forward, especially when you have a new manager.
“It’s a new beginning for everybody, for me as well because I’d missed so many chances and so many points, maybe I start now with a new start, and it’s worked very well until now.
“I understood the old manager very well.
“It was not because of the language, but when you can talk German to someone, there are things he can explain to me easier than the old manager could.
“It’s different when you talk to someone in your own language because one word is enough to make a sentence completely different.
“For me, that was the thing he changed.
“He knows me and his assistants know me from the Bundesliga. He gave me trust back and confidence back to be the Timo from the Bundesliga, to be back at the top and scoring goals.”
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