Tuchel responds to Ian Wright’s criticism of lazy Werner

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright was critical of Timo Werner’s performance in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal.

Werner was repeatedly flagged offside against City, and had a lot of moments where he was in an offside position during Chelsea’s attack, and Wright tagged him lazy for being too slow to return onside.

However, speaking to the media ahead of Chelsea’s game with Arsenal, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel defended the German striker but he also admitted that it’s something Werner needs to improve on.

Asked if he is frustrated with how often Werner is being flagged offside, Tuchel replied: “No frustrations so far.

“We can improve on that, we will improve on that, he will learn from that to maybe not take too much risk, to maybe take a bit more care about his starting position.

“There’s room for improvement, but still it’s one of his strengths to play on the edge, to give our opponents’ defenders always something to think about: how high the line is, how deep you have to drop because of his speed. ‘And don’t forget he was again the guy who gave the assist in the last minute.

“So 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 thing, he is involved in our chances and still, like I said, room for improvement, but that’s the way you want to have it.”

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