Tue 21 February 2023 | 10:43

Timo Werner blames Thomas Tuchel for flopping at Chelsea

Former Chelsea striker Timo Werner has accused Thomas Tuchel of mistreating him during their time at Stamford Bridge.


joined Chelsea in 2020, but failed to live up to expectations and managed to score just 23 goals in 89 games in all competitions. He rejoined Leipzig last summer.

Ahead of

RB Leipzig

's clash with Manchester City, Werner has blamed Thomas Tuchel for his struggles at


“I had a very good first six months at Chelsea, which was what the supporters and club expected of me. I scored the goals and played good games,"

Werner said in an interview with The Sun.

"When you come from the kind of success I had in Germany or with Chelsea — playing nearly every game in the first season, winning the Champions League in 2021, scoring in the semi-final against Real Madrid, making a lot of goals.

"Then all this gets a little bit forgotten by the manager, it was not really fair. That was also a reason I had to move back to Leipzig, to get the enjoyment again. I didn’t feel that any more but you need it to be successful. Maybe yes, in the end I just wanted out.”

The German striker also said the signing of Romelu Lukaku in 2021 was his biggest problem at Chelsea because Tuchel had to play him all the time.

He added:

"The biggest problem was he [Tuchel] put a striker like Lukaku in front of me in the second season after I won the Champions League by nearly playing every game in the first squad.

"That was the toughest moment for me to get a player, a very good player, in front of me for 120 million euros. Romelu was a big striker and had to play after costing so much and I didn’t feel honoured enough. Maybe that was also a reason why I had ups and downs."

source: SportMob

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