Tuchel admits possession football may be affecting Werner

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Timo Werner got off to a great start under Frank Lampard, with 8 goals in his first 12 appearances for the club.

However, Werner will then go on a poor run of form, as he went 14 league games without finding the back of the net.

Werner may look more confident under new boss Thomas Tuchel, but his goal-scoring form is yet to get back to an impressive ratio.

Tuchel has now admitted that his team’s possession style of football is hindering Werner from finding space and utilising his speed to hurt opposition defence.

“Maybe it is our fault because we have a lot of possession and we push opponent teams very, very deep in their half so spaces are not too big,” Tuchel said.

“The biggest strength of Timo is to attack the space behind the last line so it is maybe also our fault in the dominant game that we play in the moment, it is very natural that the spaces are closed by the opponents.

“A game like against Atletico, is there any team out there in the world that can close spaces like Atletico? I don’t know. This is not exactly the opponent that you wish for Timo to show all his skills, so what is left for him is to not lose faith and work for the team.

“We are reflecting a lot about this and working a lot with him.

“There are also solutions in tight spaces to use his speed in the first metres, to use his acceleration.

“But it is not easy for him and I can totally see this and it is why I am very patient and very supportive and I believe in his potential and character and of course his goalscoring skills.”

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