Timo Werner admits he was concerned Chelsea would not secure a top-four finish in the Premier League prior to Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge.
Under Frank Lampard, the Blues made an excellent start to the campaign and briefly went top of the table after defeating Leeds United at the start of December.
Chelsea’s form nosedived thereafter. They lost five of their following eight Premier League matches and the club decided to part company with Lampard with the side ninth in the table.
Tuchel’s appointment has resulted in an instant upturn in form. The German, who has switched Chelsea’s system from 4-3-3 to 3-4-2-1, has overseen four matches and three of those have ended in wins.
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The other was a goalless draw which was played out just 24 hours after he took charge at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s quick improvement under Tuchel coupled with favourable results in the Premier League has enabled the Blues to jump up the table.
They now sit fifth in the top flight and are just one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool.
“If we go back three or four matches, when the manager was not yet, we were nine or ten points behind the top four,” Werner told Chelsea’s 5th Stand app after last night’s win at Sheffield United.
“We watched the table and were like, ‘oh, it might not be so good at the end of the season’.
“Now we are really good, back in shape, and I think if we keep going like this we can put more pressure on the other teams.”
Werner’s thoughts were echoed by Tuchel after the win at Bramall Lane, although the German coach was quick to stress there is still much work to be done if Chelsea are to finish in the Champions League places come the end of the campaign.
“It is clear we are responsible now for the situation, we are close to where we want…