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Tuchel believes Werner and Lukaku can play together


Thomas Tuchel believes Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku can work together despite resisting starting the pair.

Werner was not well-received after his first season at Chelsea. He came on a bog deal, but was not convincing.

His start to this season has been less successful, but he has had to work harder to find opportunities since Lukaku’s arrival.

Lukaku is the undisputed start after his arrival from Inter Milan. Werner has only had one Premier League start.

That one start came before Lukaku’s arrival, and while Werner has played with the Belgian after coming off the bench, the pair are yet to start together.

Though, Tuchel has insisted that the pair can play together now that Werner has overcome some early season disappointment.

“Timo can play with Romelu, that is sure, and he did very well at Tottenham the last 25 to 30 minutes of the match,” Tuchel said, as cited by the club website.

“That gave us a clear impression of how dangerous these two can be together.

“There was some disappointment to brush off Timo’s shoulders from the Euros during the summer, and from the first games here I think he was not happy with the performances in the beginning.

“We were not absolutely happy because we know that he can be much more of an attacking threat than he was. But in the last training sessions he was more relaxed, more fluid in his movements with more confidence, and that’s why we put him on early against Tottenham because we saw his development.

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“We had him in dangerous positions around Romelu, he was not too far out on the pitch, he was in and around the box and he had his chances, and the assist which was well done. He moves more freely and makes better decisions in training.

“There are clear signs that he is in a good way, and I hope he can show and prove it tomorrow.

Werner, who will likely be playing in one of the two spots below Lukaku in this system, will welcome these comments.

And it seems Tuchel is ready to play him there, now that he has got some confidence back and managed an assist last time out in Chelsea’s win over Tottenham.

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