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Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has pinpointed the Timo Werner mistakes Thomas Tuchel has avoided at Chelsea. Werner struggled for form, goals and confidence in January. Hasenhuttl has given some advice to Frank Lampard.
“I know Timo very well and I have seen him in situations where he was not good,” Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl explained. “Most of the time when I have seen this is because 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 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. But therefore, he has some qualities you really have to focus on.”
The Austrian added: “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.”
However, Lampard was dismissed from his role as Chelsea head coach six days later. Tuchel was swiftly appointed as Lampard’s replacement. Hasenhuttl discussed how Tuchel has smartly kickstarted Werner’s first campaign at Stamford Bridge.
“I think he is on a good way [to getting the best of Werner],” Hasenhuttl said. “There’s now more space and he (Werner) runs more in behind. That helps him show a little bit more what quality he has.
“I always said that he has the quality to perform well and score goals. There are still a lot of duels [for a starting spot] because there are good players at Chelsea, so he has to be better than the other ones. They have so many offensive players with qualities but I always see him as part of a successful team and I think Thomas, and especially Zsolt [Low] from Leipzig, know exactly how to handle Timo.”