'Such a big difference': Cascarino says two Chelsea stars did not play well together against Manchester City

Tony Cascarino criticised Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner for failing to act as a Chelsea double act in the loss to Manchester City on Saturday.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Cascarino ridiculed the relationship between the two blue attackers last weekend.

Werner and Lukaku started together for the first time since the latter’s club-record move in the summer against City.

Previously, they had only played 42 minutes next to one another.

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On paper, it looked like a good old-fashioned striker collaboration; a little and large combination; pace and power.

However, it was anything but a happy marriage.

Neither managed a shot on target in the whole game and rarely did they look on the same wavelength.

Brentford did it better than the Blues

Perhaps Werner and Lukaku could’ve taken a leaf out of Brentford’s book.

Thomas Frank deployed Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo up top in order to disrupt Liverpool’s back-line.

The pair of Bees buzzed around all evening, as they worked well as an effective partnership.

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And Cascarino said: “There was one thing that really stood out for me, they (Brentford) went with two up front and Chelsea went with two upfront.

“But you can’t play with two upfront like Chelsea did where there is such a big difference between Werner and Lukaku.

“Mbeumo and Ivan Toney were together, they played as a partnership. Where Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku, there was always too much distance between them.

“That’s not a partnership, that’s being isolated.

“There was an incident in the second half where Timo Werner broke down the right. He breaks away and you’re thinking ‘yeah, an attack.’

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“He’s ended up so isolated and it’s ended up being a throw in the far corner, but he had no option because Romelu Lukaku was 40 yards away on the other side.

“They didn’t look like they had much telepathy between them, and that showed in the game.”

Can Lukaku and Werner really work?

This failed experiment will certainly have disappointed the Chelsea faithful.

They had been longing for a Werner and Lukaku link up, yet their dreams were struck with harsh reality.

Granted, this was the duo’s debut fixture as a centre-forward coupling.

A few more sessions on the training pitch might refine their understanding.

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But maybe the Blues are just better off with one focal point who is supplied by those around him.

Didier Drogba and Diego Costa were shining examples of proper no.9s who lead the line almost single-handedly.

Lukaku can quite easily achieve that, so perhaps this is a lesson for Tuchel to take on board.

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"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."