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Rival boss offers Lampard advice on how to get the best out of struggling Chelsea star

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Timo Werner is going through a rough patch at the moment

Ralph Hasenhuttl believes Frank Lampard should play Chelsea star Timo Werner upfront

Chelsea star Timo Werner has struggled to hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge. While he continues to do well off the ball, his inability to find the back of the net has been troubling.

The German has now gone 10 Premier League games without a goal and has been guilty of missing some gilt-edged chances.

Predominantly deployed as a left-winger, Werner has enjoyed mixed success on the wing. According to the Daily Mail, his former boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has hinted that the player is at his best while leading the line.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has urged Frank Lampard to play Timo Werner upfront at Chelsea.
Timo Werner has struggled to score goals for Chelsea (Dmitry Feoktistov/TASS PUBLICATION via imago Images)

The Austrian managed Werner during his initial days at RB Leipzig. He has a high opinion of the player and has also seen him during his poor streaks of form.

“Most of the time when I have seen this is because of the reason that the game doesn’t fit to him. The team didn’t play in the way he can bring his best on the pitch, I think.”

He believes most of it can be attributed to the team’s tactics not being tailored to bring the best out of the 24-year-old.

“He is definitely a player where you have to adapt your game on him. If you do this, he will give you everything you need from a striker.”

Hasenhuttl managed Werner at Leipzig
Hasenhuttl managed Werner at Leipzig

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Hasenhuttl also went on to add that it is upfront that Werner thrives. This is true as he predominantly excelled as a striker for Leipzig. The German ace averages 0.7 goal contributions per game for Chelsea while playing upfront. In comparison, it falls to 0.6 when he is played out wide. (h/t Transfermarkt)

“You really need to bring him into his best position so he can bring his strength on the pitch and then for me, he is one of the best strikers in Europe.”

It appears to be something Lampard too has realised. He has started Werner up front in Chelsea’s last three Premier League games.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has urged Frank Lampard to play Timo Werner upfront at Chelsea.
Werner has failed to score in his last 10 Premier League games

The Blues boss has often spoken of his belief and support for Werner. He was seen consoling the striker at full time against Fulham. Hopefully, the duo will be seen celebrating more in the weeks to come.

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Werner has made 26 appearances for Chelsea this season. During this time he has scored nine goals and assisted six more. (h/t Transfermarkt)

One of the best strikers on his day, he will hopefully return to doing what he does best – score at will.

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Chelsea to target solid Atletico star to bolster Tuchel’s backline

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Chelsea to target Jose Maria Gimenez in the summer

According to The Athletic, Chelsea are set to target Jose Maria Gimenez from Atletico Madrid this summer. The Uruguayan is among a three-man wishlist that also includes Niklas Sule of Bayern Munich and Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig.

Chelsea don’t necessarily need another central defender right now. The club already have a strong contingent from which Thomas Tuchel has used the likes of Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Kurt Zouma has had to wait for his chances while Fikayo Tomori was allowed to leave for AC Milan on loan.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 31: (L – R) Timo Werner, Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea prepare for a corner kick during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on January 31, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

While Silva has had a great impact since arriving last summer, he will be 37 years old by the time the next season rolls on. Even Cesar Azpilicueta will need replacing at some point due to his age. That makes a good case for adding another solid centre-back to the side.

It’s not hard to see why Gimenez is among the names being considered by Chelsea. He is one of Diego Simeone’s trusted lieutenants, who plays a big part in their highly astute defensive structure. A no-nonsense defender, Gimenez is not someone who shies away from challenges.

Jose Maria Gimenez is set to miss the Champions League clash against Chelsea due to injury. (GETTY Images)
Jose Maria Gimenez is set to miss the Champions League clash against Chelsea due to injury. (GETTY Images)

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However, prising away the defender will not be any easy given how important he is for Atleti. Chelsea might just need to shell out the big bucks if they are to change Simeone’s mind. On the up, Gimenez could be a good fit for Chelsea and bring some leadership into the backline.

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Thomas Tuchel heard shouting at Timo Werner during the 2-0 win vs Everton

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Thomas Tuchel shouts at Timo Werner during the game

Thomas Tuchel was heard shouting at Timo Werner during the Chelsea vs Everton game because of his positioning (h/t Daily Mail). The microphones picked up Tuchel’s loud instructions to Werner on his positioning.

Chelsea had no problems in getting past Everton with a 2-0 win, courtesy of a Ben Godfrey own goal and Jorginho penalty. The hosts were hardly troubled by Ancelotti’s men as they gathered another 3 points in the race for top-four.

Liverpool v Chelsea – Premier League – Anfield Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reacts on the touchline during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Picture date: Thursday March 4, 2021.

However, ahead of scoring their first goal, Thomas Tuchel was heard shouting at Timo Werner for his positioning. The German duo were talking in their native language but rough translations revealed that Tuchel was pointing out that Werner was playing on the left. Whereas he was supposed to be playing on the right.

‘Timo, how long are you staying on the left? You’re playing on the right! The last 15 mins you’ve only been on the left! Don’t you understand?’

The Blues put the tactical tweaks to good effect as they scored soon after. Kai Havertz’s shot was deflected into the goal by Ben Godfrey as Chelsea went into the break at 1-0. All the shouting aside, Werner actually had a decent game with some efforts on goal, which were saved by Pickford.

Timo Werner has the trust of his Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel. (GETTY Images)
Timo Werner has the trust of his Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel. (GETTY Images)

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Tuchel greeted Werner with a handshake when the latter was substituted. Werner is slowly looking back to his best and now only needs the goals to back it up. The shouts from Tuchel didn’t really seem to be an issue as it looked like something in the heat of the moment.

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“I don’t agree” – PL boss insists Chelsea target is worth more than £100m

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David Moyes speaks out on Declan Rice amidst Chelsea interest

According to Sky Sports, David Moyes insists that Chelsea linked Declan Rice is far more valuable than £100m. It had been said earlier that West Ham co-owner David Sullivan values the prized asset around a similar mark.

Rice has been a target for the Blues since the start of this season and it was said that then manager Frank Lampard was especially keen on bringing Rice back to Chelsea, where he was once an academy player.

Declan Rice and Mason Mount were together at Chelsea
Declan Rice and Mason Mount were together at Chelsea during the academy days

However, after Lampard’s sacking, it was expected that interest in Rice would drop from the Blues since Lampard was one of the main people who wanted to sign him. It even caused disagreements between Lampard and the board.

Nonetheless, David Moyes claimed that the English man is way more than £100m as valued by Sullivan.

“I don’t agree with the owners that Declan Rice is a £100m footballer. Far, far more than £100m. Far, far more. I look at the players who have joined some clubs from overseas and come in and nowhere near had the impact Declan Rice would have.

I certainly wouldn’t put a price on it. You can decide which figure you want to put on it but I wouldn’t be sanctioning anything like that, that’s for sure.”

Chelsea target Declan Rice in action for West Ham United. (GETTY Images)
Chelsea target Declan Rice in action for West Ham United. (GETTY Images)

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Now with Thomas Tuchel at the helm, as expected, interest in the West Ham midfielder has mellowed down a bit. The club are likely to push for other targets, which does not include Rice. Also with £100m or more being asked, Chelsea might just think twice before going for him.

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Chelsea receive a boost in the race for talented young Bundesliga starlet

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Chelsea receive a boost to sign Ibrahima Konate

According to Christian Falk of BILD (h/t chelseafc.com), Chelsea have received a boost in their pursuit of Ibrahima Konate. The Blues are said to be ahead of others because of Thomas Tuchel’s assistant Zsolt Low, who has a prior association with the Leipzig defender.

It’s not that Chelsea overly require a new central defender. The club already boast of a strong contingent from which Thomas Tuchel has used the likes of Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta. We sent Fikayo Tomori on loan as well as having Kurt Zouma on the side.

While Silva has had a great impact since arriving last summer, he will be 37 years old by the time the next season rolls on. Even Cesar Azpilicueta will need replacing at some point due to his age. So adding another elite centre-back would serve the club well.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 31: (L – R) Timo Werner, Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea prepare for a corner kick during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on January 31, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old Konate has been with Leipzig since 2017, having joined from boyhood club FC Sochaux. During his time at the Saxony-based outfit, Konate has grown into a promising young centre-back with loads of potential.

It is now believed that Zsolt Low, who is Tuchel’s assistant, could help Chelsea in their bid to convince Konate to move to the Bridge. Low worked with the youngster when he was the assistant manager under Ralf Rangnick and Ralph Hasenhuttl at Leipzig. Falk spoke about the connection between Konate and Low.

SINSHEIM, GERMANY – DECEMBER 16: Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig in action during the Bundesliga match between TSG Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig at PreZero-Arena on December 16, 2020 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)

‘The focus is very much on Konate in Leipzig at the moment. I’ve heard that Chelsea would like to get him. They would like to have him, and Tuchel is learning from Zsolt Low because he knows Konate from their time at Leipzig.’

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Falk believes that this connection could help Chelsea get a boost in their pursuit and it was good for Tuchel. It remains to be seen how the Blues take advantage of this situation to prise away one of the best, emerging centre-backs in Europe.

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