‘The biggest problem was he put Lukaku in front of me after I won the Champions League’: Timo Werner hits out at ex-Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel for ‘forgetting’ his previous success – with striker having rediscovered his ‘enjoyment’ again at RB Leipzig
- Timo Werner returned to RB Leipzig last summer after a two-year spell at Chelsea
- The German opened up on his frustration when Chelsea spent £98m on Lukaku
- He also claimed Thomas Tuchel forgot about his previous success in Germany
Former Chelsea striker Timo Werner has taken a swipe at his old boss Thomas Tuchel for ‘forgetting’ his success in Germany ahead of RB Leipzig’s Champions League clash with Manchester City.
The German striker returned to Leipzig in the summer after an inconsistent two-year spell at Stamford Bridge.
The 26-year-old admitted that he had to return to Germany to get his ‘enjoyment’ of football back, especially after Chelsea splashed out £98million on Romelu Lukaku despite Werner helping the Blues become European champions.
Werner went from starting up front as Chelsea beat Man City 1-0 to win the Champions League in May 2021, to seeing Lukaku brought back to the Bridge just three months later, leaving Werner full of doubt over his future in Tuchel’s plans.
Speaking to The Sun ahead of Leipzig’s massive last-16 tie with the English champions, Werner said: ‘The biggest problem was he put a striker like Lukaku in front of me in the second season after I won the Champions League by nearly playing every game in the first squad,’ he said.
Timo Wener has opened up about his time at Chelsea and his relationship with Thomas Tuchel
Werner, who returned to RB Leipzig in the summer, hit out at Tuchel for ‘forgetting’ his success
He admitted that it was his ‘toughest moment’ to see Chelsea spend that amount of money on a striker, leaving him not feeling ‘honoured’ enough.
Werner also opened up about Tuchel forgetting about the success he had in Germany prior to his move to the Premier League.
‘When you come from the kind of success I had in Germany or with Chelsea – playing nearly every game in the first season, winning the Champions League in 2021, scoring in the semi-final against Real Madrid, making a lot of goals,’ he added.
‘Then all this gets a little bit forgotten by the manager, it was not really fair. That was also a reason I had to move back to Leipzig, to get the enjoyment again.
‘I didn’t feel that any more but you need it to be successful.
‘In the end a manager likes some players more than others – it’s completely normal and you have to accept that.
‘Maybe yes, in the end I just wanted out.’
Werner said that the ‘biggest problem’ for him was seeing Chelsea splash out £98million on Romelu Lukaku after he had helped them win the Champions League
The German started up front for Chelsea in their 1-0 Champions League final triumph over City
Eighteen months later, Werner has admitted that there is not bad blood between him and Tuchel, despite him feeling like a ‘scapegoat’ for Tuchel’s demise.
He opened up about his confidence dropping after missing big chances, while also having several goals chalked off by VAR.
Werner racked up 23 goals and 21 assists in 89 appearances during his time at Chelsea, but he was most prolific in the Champions League – netting eight times in 17 games.
The German has scored 11 times in 23 games this season for Leipzig and will hope to add to that tally on Wednesday night.
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