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Tuchel wants Werner to seize fresh Chelsea lifeline after hint of upturn in form


The German striker scored his first Premier League goal since April in the 3-1 win against Southampton just before the international break. And he continued that form with two for his country in their 4-0 World Cup qualifying win against North Macedonia on Monday.

With Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic unavailable for Saturday’s West London derby with Brentford, Werner is set to start for the third-straight game in the league.

Tuchel hopes he has finally rediscovered his scoring touch after a wretched period in front of goal, dating back to November last year when he found the back of the net just four times in 45 games – spanning last season and this.

Chelsea’s manager hinted Werner would keep his place in a bid to capitalise on his form.

“With strikers you feel sometimes that it is a little bit like this, that you keep them on the pitch and you keep the momentum going, but it is actually not only with strikers,” he said. “It is about the actual form. It is about confidence – it is about the actual moment.

“We have so many games normally we cannot wait for players to re-find their full potential. Normally we want to have these guys on the pitch who are actually in shape, who have confidence and a certain momentum.”

Werner’s Chelsea future has looked uncertain amid his on-field struggles, along with the arrival of £97.5million club record signing Romelu Lukaku.

Kai Havertz and Mason Mount are Tuchel’s preferred options either side of the Belgian in a front three, while Ziyech, Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi are also competing for places.

Tuchel claimed his biggest concern was that the international break interrupted what could have been a chance to give Werner a run of games.

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