Chelsea striker Timo Werner has credited Hansi Flick for giving him the "trust" he needs to flourish while on international duty with Germany.
Werner, 25, endured a miserable debut season at Stamford Bridge in the 2020/21 campaign, only scoring six goals in 35 Premier League appearances after completing a £54million move from RB Leipzig.
The misfiring forward has struggled early on this term, too, with just one league goal to his name in six outings so far.
Romelu Lukaku's £97million arrival from Inter Milan has pushed him further down the pecking order in west London, meaning Thomas Tuchel is using him mainly from the bench.
But amid his Blues struggles, the latest international break has come as a welcome distraction for Werner, who scored twice in Germany's 4-0 win over North Macedonia on Monday night.
After Chelsea team-mate Kai Havertz had opened the scoring, the ex-Leipzig man put his country out of sight by bagging a double in the space of three second-half minutes.
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It was an encouraging night for Werner, and after the victory he waxed lyrical about Flick's role in getting the best out of him.
“When the coach relies on you, it helps every player,” he said.
“I need this trust from the outside; he gives me that one hundred per cent.
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“I try to repay that. That has worked well in four out of five games.”
Tuchel may attempt to take a leaf out of Flick's book when Werner returns to Cobham after the international break.
The Chelsea boss tipped his struggling striker to rediscover his best form last month, saying: "From the first games I think he was not happy with the performances in the beginning.
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"We know that he can be much more dangerous and much more of an attacking threat than he was.
“But in the last training sessions he’s been more relaxed, more fluid in his movements, and showing more confidence.
“And that’s why we put him on early against Tottenham, because we saw this development and there are clear signs that he is on a good way.."
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