Thomas Tuchel launches defence of Timo Werner after “lazy” criticism of Chelsea striker

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Timo Werner struggled with the offside rule during Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Manchester City where he fell foul of the assistant referee’s flag three times.

As per WhoScored, Werner has been flagged offside a whopping 26 times so far this season, four of them in one game against Liverpool at Anfield earlier this season in what has been a source of frustration for Blues fans and also Werner himself.

One of the quickest players in the Premier League, Werner has often struggled with the timing of his runs. Former Arsenal striker turned pundit Ian Wright slammed Werner as “lazy,” which is somewhat extreme, as did another pundit in Paul Merson.

Wright say on Match of the Day at the weekend: “He’s got so much space. For me that’s just lazy, it’s lazy work. He’s running straight offside. Once he sorts that out, he will get more chances, then he will need to be more clinical.”

It has been a mixed debut Premier League season for Werner, who has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season and bagged 14 assists. Only half of those goals have come in the Premier League though, where he has found hitting the back of the net a bit of a struggle.

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On the flip side, Werner has 26 goal involvements so far this season, only Eden Hazard can better that in recent years, so it has not been all doom and gloom.

Yet it was his offsides at the weekend that has been the latest stick to beat the German striker with, following on from him missing sitters with slightly alarming regularity throughout the course of the season.

Werner is usually a top of conversation at Thomas Tuchel press conferences and he was so again ahead of the Premier League clash with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night when the Blues can further tighten their grip on third place in the table.

Tuchel, much like predecessor Frank Lampard, operated a staunch defence policy for the £49.5million summer recruit from RB leipzig and that was the case again on Tuesday.

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“No frustrations so far,” he said when asked about Werner’s offside stats against City.

“We can improve on that and we will improve on that. He will learn from it. Maybe do not take too many risks, maybe take a bit more care about his starting position and there is room for improvement.

“But still, it is one of his strengths to play on the edge, to give our opponent defenders always something to think about: how high the line is, how deep you have to drop because of his speed.

“Don’t forget he was the guy who gave the assist in the last minute of extra time. He was again directly involved with a short run, one on one and a good cut back. So this is for me the most important.

“He is involved in our chances and still room for improvement that’s the way you want it.”

Source by Football London

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