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Thomas Tuchel reveals what he told Timo Werner & Kai Havertz after joining Chelsea


Kai Havertz and Timo Werner are enduring difficult debut campaigns at Chelsea. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits he praised Kai Havertz and Timo Werner for their ‘brave’ decision to join the club following his appointment at Stamford Bridge.

The German was appointed as Frank Lampard’s replacement in January, in part because it was felt the former PSG boss could get the best out of his countrymen Havertz and Werner.

The pair have endured difficult starts at Stamford Bridge, with Havertz in particular struggling to find his feet in west London.

Werner’s numbers are more respectable but the former RB Leipzig forward has admitted his adaptation to life in the Premier League has been far from straightforward.

Tuchel was speaking to Rio Ferdinand (Picture: BT Sport)

But Tuchel insists he’s full of admiration for the pair for their decision to leave Germany and says the duo will reap the rewards in years to come.

‘I think first of all they fit into any plans of any manager because they have strong potential, strong talent – this is obvious,’ Tuchel told BT Sport.

‘I think first of all they did a brave decision to go abroad and to leave their comfort zones. Timo was the top guy in Leipzig, Kai was the top guy in Leverkusen. To jump abroad and move to the most demanding league in Europe at a club like Chelsea – where people demand results and titles if possible – It’s a huge step outside your comfort zone.

‘First of all I talk to them and tell them I like this decision because stepping outside gives you energy, makes you brave and maybe makes you uncomfortable but maybe that’s what you need to reach your next level.

‘You will have days where you doubt and maybe you’re not happy but this is a process of change when you want to grow as a player. this is a strong decision. lets walk the talk.

‘I will try to help you, try to push you, try to guide you, to be at your side when it’s needed. Maybe the first contact was easier because I’m German, they’re German and we know each other for a long time.

‘But in the end its like any player they need confidence, they need trust, they need an honest approach. Sometimes they need the truth from you even if they don’t like it.

‘It’s the same with these guys. They have a lot of potential but at the same time the club demands a lot from them and I understand because they spent a lot of money so it’s time to step up and fight for it.’

Chelsea take on Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie tonight.

Werner is likely to start from the left given his upturn in form in recent weeks but Havertz is set to start on the bench.

The Blues beat the La Liga giants the last time they faced them in Spain, with the side running out 2-1 winners under Antonio Conte in 2017.


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