Every word Thomas Tuchel just said on Timo Werner confidence, top-four race, Chelsea mentality

How important Timo Werner scored today and what can you do to make sure there are no more droughts for him?

“I can’t do anything. He needs to keep scoring and catch the moment. He is quite often involved in our goals, even in the last weeks, by winning fouls in the penalty area or with assists like against Man City. But nothing helps more than a decisive goal.

“I am very happy because I felt he was strong from the start. He was very good with distributing the ball, dropping from the number nine position and keeping the ball, he had good timing with his deep runs behind the line, and was involved in many chances and half-chances.

“So it was very nice that he could score. He could’ve had a second one for sure. After that, he lost a little bit of confidence and was a bit tired. So a good performance and I’m happy because it was a big win.”

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You’ve opened up a three-point gap to fifth place. Just how significant could this win be?

“It is significant because it’s so difficult to win here. I saw we were very strong in the first half, a very concentrated performance. We had to be so patient and aggressive at the same time because they invite you sometimes to come into their half, to have ball possession. But if you do easy ball losses they can punish you in a second with counter-attacks and set-pieces.

“We didn’t allow that in the first half, we controlled the game, had excellent counter-pressing and closed the spaces for counter-attacks very bravely. So I am very happy about that.

“We were a bit too passive or too deep in the second half for 15 minutes and we instantly suffered because of their quality and physicality. We were a bit lucky not to concede from a shot from [Jesse Lingard] but overall it’s a big strength of ours not to concede big chances.

“The team effort is huge and after 15 minutes of the second half, we got the control…


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