Chelsea striker Timo Werner made an admission about how managers can influence his performance after his heroic performance in Germany’s 4-0 win over North Macedonia on Monday.
After failing to register any shot on target in the previous game against Romania, the 25-year-old managed six against North Macedonia, with two hitting the back of the net.
This performance really showcased Werner’s elite mentality, given he had to deal with a lot of criticism over the weekend, including from Germany boss Hansi Flick himself.
Interestingly, Werner said Flick also played a big part in his getting back on the scoresheet for Germany.
“He is very good for me,” the former RB Leipzig ace said about Flick after the game (via Sport1).
“When a coach likes you and relies on you, that helps every player.
“As a striker, I especially need confidence from the outside, and he gives me that 100 percent.
“I try to repay him, and I hope that I can continue to repay him in the same way.”
Since Flick took over from Joachim Low, Werner has become Germany’s first-choice No.9 — and it has paid off so far.
The Chelsea man has scored five goals in five World Cup qualifying games under Flick and made the starting line-up in each of these games.
Werner’s admission also suggests that Thomas Tuchel might want to show more faith in the striker at Chelsea.
Obviously, Tuchel also has reliable Romelu Lukaku for the No.9 spot at Chelsea and is unlikely to keep playing Werner in the same position.
But if Tuchel is to get the most out of Werner, giving him more minutes regardless of his inconsistent form for the club might be a risk worth taking.