Tuchel tips Werner and Lukaku partnership to blossom at Chelsea

Date published: Friday 10th September 2021 2:31 - Joe Williams

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel thinks Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku can form a deadly partnership at the top of the pitch this season.

Werner came in for a lot of criticism last season for his failure to take golden chances despite his overall play being good.

The 25-year-old has only started one of the Blues’ Premier League fixtures this season but showed what he can do on international duty with Germany.

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Werner bagged three goals and an assist for Hansi Flick’s side as they beat Liechtenstein, Armenia and Iceland in six days.

Chelsea brought in Lukaku from Inter Milan this summer to solve their goalscoring problems but Tuchel doesn’t see a reason why Werner and the Belgium international can’t form a great partnership.

Tuchel told reporters: “I am sure that we will find games and solutions where we play with both of them (Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku).

“We did already and Timo and Romelu can be a good fit together. Timo loves to play around a reference up front and Romelu is clearly our reference up front being a tall and physical player.

“The most important is he finds his rhythm and confidence and joy and makes his point and makes his way into the team. The players are in charge to take their positions and fight for their positions and once they have it to not give it away.

“We are very happy that he scored and played (for Germany in the international break) and on we go. We have not too many players but we have players with high quality and high ambition and Timo is clearly a guy that we count on and that is absolutely necessary we have him on high level.”


Thiago Silva has been made ineligible for their match at home to Aston Villa on Saturday evening after the Brazilian football authorities triggered a FIFA rule to prevent him and other Premier League players from appearing this weekend.

On the incident, Tuchel added: “I don’t understand. It makes no sense from which side you look at it. Does it make sense for Brazil? No. Does it make sense for us? No.

“If we sent him he would be out for 10 days in a hotel room unable to train. I don’t know if anyone really understands the positives from this.”


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