Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl believes Timo Werner will thrive under Thomas Tuchel but hopes his team can stop him during Chelsea’s visit this weekend.
The 24-year-old Chelsea forward played under Hasenhuttl at Leipzig for a couple of years, before the manager eventually joined Southampton in 2018.
Hasenhuttl has always believed that Werner suits the Premier League’s intensity, previously describing the Germany international’s pace as a “brutal weapon”.
And now with Tuchel at the helm at Chelsea, the Saints boss said Werner has an ideal coach to guide him.
“I think [Werner] is on [the right track] to adapt — he has more space, makes more runs in behind and can show the quality he has,” Hasenhuttl said during his pre-match press conference.
“I always said that he has the quality to perform well and score goals.
“There are a lot of good players at Chelsea, so you’d have to be better than the others, but in the end, I always see him as a part of a successful team.
“I think Thomas [Tuchel] and [his assistant Zsolt Low] know how to handle Timo.
“He has scored two goals once against us, that’s enough I think, yeah? [laugh].”
Tuchel’s assistant Low who also worked with both Hasenhuttl and Werner at Leipzig is going to be key.
Werner ended the frustrating 14-game goal drought with his goal against Newcastle last Monday, and you can see how important it was for him from his smile.
His brace against Southampton back in October also suggested that he could score despite Hasenhuttl’s knowing his game very well.