Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has praised Timo Werner’s work rate which gave Manchester City defenders a hard time in Saturday’s 2-1 comeback win.
It did not seem like the 25-year-old had started in an intense Champions League semi-final match against Real Madrid just a few days prior to the game.
While the timing of his runs was rather disappointing, having been caught in an offside position three times during the game, Werner certainly did not stop running.
According to Tuchel, Werner’s constantly trying to exploit the space behind Manchester City’s defence was crucial.
“He was working like a dog!,” Tuchel told Chelsea’s 5th Stand app about Werner’s performance against Manchester City.
“He was really working hard up front and it was so important.
“He gave them a hard time with all his runs.
“Once he had chances he had them pretty exhausted, so no complaints today!”
The Germany international’s assist to Marcos Alonso secured the win, and it started with his willingness to make a run even in the stoppage time in the second half.
Werner has had more direct goal involvements (six goals and eight assists) in the Premier League than any other Chelsea player.
His goal output is still far below the initial expectations, but his work rate in the final third has become more and more important to the team.
Particularly against top teams that play a higher defensive line, Tuchel tends to utilise Werner as the primary attacking threat more than any other attacker in the team.