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    The four omens that suggest Chelsea will WIN Champions League as season spookily resembles 2012 campaign

    FOUR omens suggest Chelsea could repeat their miraculous Champions League win from 2012 and lift the coveted trophy this year.An injury and suspension-hit Blues somehow went all the way to be crowned European champions nine years ago, beating Bayern Munich on penalties in the final in their own Allianz Arena.
    Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012 against the oddsCredit: Getty
    The Blues are flying in this year’s competition after the 2-0 win over Porto in the quarter-final first legCredit: Rex
    Chelsea made the quarter-finals for the first time since that historic year with victory over LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid in this season’s Last 16.
    And the Blues now have one foot in the last four of the competition after an inspired 2-0 win over Porto in the ‘away’ first leg of their quarter-final tie on Wednesday night.
    SunSport looks at the four spooky similarities between this campaign and 2012 that could indicate Chelsea fans will soon be celebrating again.
    Sacking a young manager
    Former Chelsea star Roberto Di Matteo was the caretaker manager who finally landed the one trophy that had eluded Roman Abramovich’s grasp.
    But the 1997 FA Cup final goalscorer was only in place because the Blues sacked Portuguese boss Andre Villas-Boas on March 4, 2012.
    The then 34-year-old was axed after a poor run of results, including the 3-1 defeat away to Napoli in the last 16 first leg.
    This season, club icon and another young manager Frank Lampard, 42, was dismissed with Chelsea languishing down in ninth in the Premier League.
    Losing to West Brom
    Thomas Tuchel’s side were smashed 5-2 at Stamford Bridge by West Brom last week.
    The Baggies demolished the German’s team to unceremoniously end his 12-game unbeaten run.
    The result caused quite a stir but Tuchel’s men bounced back in style against Porto in midweek.
    Similarly, a 1-0 defeat to West Brom proved to be the final straw for Villas-Boas back in 2012 as he was sacked with the defeat leaving the side three points off fourth spot.

    Beating a Portuguese team in the quarter-finals
    Under Di Matteo, Chelsea cruised past Benfica in the quarters in 2012.
    Salamon Kalou scored the crucial away goal at the Estadio Da Luz to take a 1-0 lead back to the Bridge.
    And a Lampard penalty and stoppage-time Raul Meireles goal ensured Chelsea went through 3-1 on aggregate despite Javi Garcia’s 85th minute goal in West London.
    This year, of course, the job is only half done but Tuchel and Co will surely be expecting to get through in the second game against Porto with two away goals in the bag.
    Playing Spanish giants in the semi-final
    Few will forget Fernando Torres’ stunning breakaway goal against Barcelona in the Nou Camp that secured Chelsea’s final berth and got Gary Neville very excited.
    The Blues had won the first leg 1-0 at home thanks to Didier Drogba’s strike before the stunning 2-2 draw against their El Clasico opponents.
    John Terry’s sending off couldn’t stop Di Matteo’s men with Ramires’ wonderful dink and Torres’ late strike cancelling out Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta’s first-half goals that had given the Catalan giants a 2-0 lead on the night.
    History could repeat itself with Tuchel’s side in line to play another Spanish giant in Real Madrid in the last four this year.
    Los Blancos have a 3-1 first-leg lead over reigning Prem champs Liverpool and if both Zinedine Zidane’s men and Chelsea capitalise on their early advantage they will meet in the semi, mirroring the events of 2012.
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    Ranking Chelsea’s five striker transfer targets with Erling Haaland the priority and Sergio Aguero just third

    DESPITE Chelsea investing in Timo Werner last year, it appears the club are focusing efforts on signing another new striker this summer.There have been plenty of names linked with making the move, with themost high profile of course being Erling Haaland.
    Erling Haaland could be available for £150million this summerCredit: AFP
    Chelsea want to bring a natural and ready-made goal scorer to come in anddo the business right away, with it being a position they still think they arelacking in.
    Here, Chelsea fan blogger Simon Phillips ranks five of the Blues’ rumoured targets starting with the one they should be prioritising the most.
    1. Erling Haaland
    There is a reason that every big club in the land are interested in signingErling Haaland sooner rather than later, because he is set to become one ofthe best in the world.
    At only 20 years old, Haaland has already proven to be one of the best all-round goal scorers in world football right now, and the scary thing is he isstill developing and improving.
    Whilst the fee would reportedly be extortionate, I believe that this is anopportunity Chelsea cannot afford to turn down. If Haaland wants to cometo Chelsea, they simply must go for him.

    2. Romelu Lukaku
    There is a valid argument that Lukaku should be sought before Haalandand I can understand that.
    He would be a slightly cheaper option, and he is less of a risk due to hisexperience and proof of being a regular goal scorer at all levels for manyyears.
    In all honesty I would be more than content with Chelsea signing eitherHaaland or Lukaku, but Haaland must be the priority.
    Romelu Lukaku has excelled since leaving ChelseaCredit: Getty
    3. Sergio Aguero
    Call me greedy, but depending on circumstances I’d be trying to pick upAguero as well as a Haaland, or a Lukaku.
    If Chelsea end up losing both Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud – two out-and-out strikers this summer, then I would most certainly be looking toreplace both.
    I know Thomas Tuchel has been using Kai Havertz as a false 9 and he haslooked good there, but again, if Chelsea have the chance to sign one of thebest and most experienced Premier League strikers in recent history, thenthey cannot turn that down.
    Aguero is not my priority, but if we cannot land Haaland or Lukaku, or wehave to wait until next summer to spend big on our new striker, thenAguero is third-choice option for me.
    Sergio Aguero will become a free agent at the end of the seasonCredit: AFP
    4. Andre Silva
    He didn’t make it at AC Milan, but Silva is a great striker who has reallycome into his own at Eintracht Frankfurt now.
    If it is an experienced and proven goal scorer you want, Silva has regularChampions League and international experience, and he is currently on 23goals in 27 appearances this season in Bundesliga.
    I believe now he has settled at a club and is doing well as the main man, hewould be a great fourth option for Chelsea.
    Andre Silva appears to be finally reaching his potential in GermanyCredit: AP

    5. Andrea Belotti
    The Tornio striker has been linked with Chelsea, and other big clubs, formany years now. But he is yet to make his big move.
    He’s averaged around 15-20 goals a season since 2015 in Serie A, provingthat he can do it consistently. He’s also been a regular goal scorer for Italy.
    But he perhaps represents the biggest risk of all five, with his form oftendropping in and out, despite still scoring goals.
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    Andrea Belotti has been a Serie A star for a number of seasonsCredit: Getty

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    Chelsea legend John Terry ‘never got on with’ Rafa Benitez – and had to ban him from talking about Liverpool

    CHELSEA legend John Terry “never got on with” Rafa Benitez – and had to ban him from talking about Liverpool.The former Newcastle boss didn’t see eye to eye with the Blues skipper during his six-month spell at Stamford Bridge in the 2012-13 season.
    John Terry has opened up on his time playing under Rafael Benitez at Chelsea back in 2012-13
    Terry went on to make 717 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 67 goals during a trophy-laden 19 years in West London.
    At Stamford Bridge he won five Premier League and FA Cup titles, and led the club to victory in the 2011-12 Champions League.
    And he secured the Europa League trophy with the Blues at the end of Benitez’s reign.
    But despite the glittering success, Terry has revealed that he butted heads with the Spaniard from the offset.
    Benitez was appointed as interim manager after Roberto Di Matteo was axed despite a long standing rivalry with the Blues which had been bubbling away since 2005.
    The Chelsea legend told Sky Sports’ Off Script show: “From a tactical point of view I was looking forward to working with him.
    “You could say he was quite successful, we won the Europa League under him, of course, but for me personally you want to develop and learn.
    “I’d seen tactically how he’d set up against us previously and stuff. Like everything, you give everyone a fair chance and it’s down to them to prove to you otherwise.”

    The Spaniard had a long standing feud with ex-Blues boss Jose Mourinho after Liverpool knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League semi-final, thanks to a controversial Luis Garcia goal.
    The former Magpies boss spent six years at Anfield, winning the Champions League and FA Cup along the way, and Terry says he eventually had to ask Benitez to stop bringing up his success with the Reds.
    He added: “We just didn’t get on from day one personally, to be honest.
    “Every meeting we had it was, ‘Oh we used to do this at Liverpool and we done this’.
    “You laugh but that’s what he used to be like, ‘Just move a yard here’,
    “I actually had to have a few conversations and say, ‘Gaffer, you have to forget Liverpool, you can’t keep saying ‘we’, you’re at Chelsea now, it’s not going down well with the lads’”.
    Terry was often benched by Benitez despite being one of the most influential players in the squad at the time.
    Jorginho shows his skills in Chelsea training ground shootout
    He added: “We didn’t get on from day one, he left me out at certain times, I didn’t play much under him.
    “I was injured when he arrived, and then I struggled to be fair. I was out for probably six weeks, but then I was working back towards fitness.
    “I played in a couple of games, away at Fulham, scored two, he dropped me for the next game. It was all those little bits that added up.” More

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    Scholes believes Man Utd WILL splash out £150m on Erling Haaland transfer and only Chelsea can afford to rival them

    PAUL SCHOLES has backed Manchester United to sign Erling Haaland this summer.Borussia Dortmund have put a £150million price tag on the strike sensation, leading Scholes to believe that only United or Chelsea can afford him.

    Paul Scholes believes only Manchester United or Chelsea can afford Erling HaalandCredit: Rex
    Barcelona and Real Madrid have already held talks with the 20-year-old’s entourage, while Manchester City have also been linked.
    But Scholes, 46, does not believe the LaLiga giants have the finances to pull off the deal.
    And he also doubted Pep Guardiola’s desire to spend big on a striker.
    Asked about a United bid on BT Sport, the former midfielder explained: “I think they probably would, why not?
    “I think it’s about the club who can pay for him. I don’t think there’s too many of them.
    “You think of Real Madrid and Barcelona, all the noises you hear.
    “They probably couldn’t pay that type of money.
    “Man City look like they don’t want to pay that type of money.

    “To be fair, they very rarely play with a No9 anyway. Even with [Sergio] Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, he’s hardly played them.
    “So is that the type of player that Guardiola wants? I’m not sure it is.
    “It’s a player United will be desperate for, Chelsea will be desperate for.
    “They’re probably the two clubs who I think could probably afford it this summer.”
    However, fellow former Premier League player Jamie O’Hara has told United they will struggle to sign the Norwegian.
    Paul Pogba’s situation was used by the ex-Tottenham star to outline how Haaland may be nervy about joining a team short on trophies.

    He told talkSPORT: “Look at Pogba. They paid £100million for him and he’s gone they’re thinking we’re going to the next level.
    “And it hasn’t worked. He’s been almost trophyless.
    “Haaland’s not going to Manchester United where it will be, ‘We might win something, we might not’.
    “He’s going somewhere where he is winning everything.”
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    Danny Drinkwater wants Chelsea return despite ‘frustrating’ Blues spell and says he has fallen out of love with football

    DANNY DRINKWATER is still hoping for one last chance at Chelsea while he rebuilds his career out on loan.On loan at Turkish club Kasimpasa, the 31-year-old says he is still searching for the love of the game that he felt so strongly when winning the Premier League title with Leicester.
    Danny Drinkwater is hoping to revive his career in TurkeyCredit: Getty
    The midfielder joined Chelsea a year after that fairytale achievement but the £35million switch has not gone to plan.
    And Drinkwater has described his time at Stamford Bridge as ‘frustrating’.
    He told Sada Elbalad’s Elmatch Program: “It was a big price tag at the time but I felt it was exciting.
    “It was a new change, I felt I could play and show my worth. I just think it was a lack of chances.
    “My time at Chelsea has been nothing but frustrating.
    “It is a weird position that I am in. It is definitely different but I don’t think I am the first, nor will I be the last. This is part of football.”
    Drinkwater only made 23 appearances for Chelsea, almost all of which came under Antonio Conte in an injury-hit debut season.
    While he enjoyed a ‘great relationship’ with Maurizio Sarri, the signing of Jorginho meant he was told to find a new club on deadline day.
    There were days where I got frustrated at the whole situation, things started to happen off the pitch that shouldn’t have.Danny Drinkwater
    The player recalled: “[Sarri] gave me one hour of the window.
    “He said, ‘I think you’re gonna get frustrated’, he explained and was honest, which was great.
    “But I had one hour to find a club because I wasn’t willing to go abroad. I’d just had a son, I wanted to be close to my son.
    “And I didn’t want to be part of the loan structure, it was a lot of mixed feelings. So I decided to stay, I was baffled.
    “There were days where I got frustrated at the whole situation, things started to happen off the pitch that shouldn’t have.”
    Quiet loan spells at Burnley and Aston Villa were followed by a switch to Kasimpasa, where Drinkwater has made seven appearances.
    A return to Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in the summer is not out the question for Drinkwater, who still has a year left on his contract, but he accepts that it is a ‘long’ way off.
    Asked if he can get back in the Blues team, he noted: “I would like to think so.

    “I don’t know if it is a good idea to go back to Chelsea and start declaring these things. I have got a long way to go.
    “I have to try and start enjoying my football again because in this moment it has disappeared.
    “I keep working hard, I keep grafting and I am doing the right things at the right times and I need to stay injury free and see where it takes me.
    “It is a short career so I need to keep doing the right things and hope things turn around.”
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    Chelsea coach Neil Bath is the man behind Blues’ youth academy, and has developed £500 million worth of amazing talent

    IN 2004, after 12 years with the club, Chelsea named Neil Bath as their academy director.Little did anyone know at that time, if you fast-forward 17 years, the fruits of his labours would be dominating the football landscape in England and overseas.
    Chelsea’s head of youth development Neil Bath has run the club’s brilliant academy since 2004 moulding £500m worth of talentCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    When the die-hard Blues fan, now 55, was installed in his new position he set about completely restructuring the West Londoner’s youth programme – with a greater emphasis on procuring and developing the best talent in London and the South-East.
    In the last year, the likes of Porto slayer Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi have been testament to his work – heralding a new dawn in the Chelsea first team of talented youngsters.
    While another Bath protege, Andreas Christensen made his 100th appearance in a Chelsea shirt in the FA Cup fifth round tie against Barnsley – the first academy graduate since John Terry to achieve that feat.
    And just as impressive are the ones who the club let go, including Declan Rice, Nathan Ake, Ryan Bertrand, Tariq Lamptey and more.
    German website Transfermarkt, which offers conservative transfer values of players, crunched the numbers.

    However, taking into account Hudson-Odoi was subject to a £70million bid from Bayern Munich in 2020, the transfer fees could be at least double those suggested figures.
    All in all, through the years, SunSport believes Bath has remarkably overseen the development – on and off the pitch – of around £500million worth of football talent.


    In 2020, Bath, now head of youth development, was recipient of the Eamonn Dolan award in recognition of his excellent work in youth development for Chelsea.
    His former students queued up to pay their tributes to the man who moulded them into the players they are today for a clip on Chelsea TV.
    Mason Mount called Neil Bath an inspiration to him who helped him achieve his dream to play for ChelseaCredit: AP:Associated Press
    Tammy Abraham, lifting the FA Youth Cup, revealed his years working with Bath were the “best of his life”Credit: Getty Images – Getty
    Mason Mount was one of the many graduates who shared his gratitude for his former coach. “I have nothing but praise to say about Neil,” he said.
    “He’s an inspiration to us all – all the academy players coming through.
    “I started in the academy when I was six-years-old and he helped me so much.
    “The way the academy is set up, the way we work, when we’re younger it puts us in the right mould to push us and keep getting better and better.
    “The winning mentality that he brings, it shows in every game we try to play and try to win, and it shows in the youth academy with how many trophies we’ve won.”
    While Tammy Abraham revealed his days working with Bath were the “best years of his life”.
    “He’s shown so much belief in the young lads and myself, and that’s what drew me to Chelsea,” he divulged.
    Bath chats with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in 2007Credit: AFP – Getty
    Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and his assistant Jody Morris show their appreciation for BathCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    ‘What they are doing at the academy is an amazing job, there’s nothing like it.
    “Them years I had in the academy were probably the best years of my life.”
    From the offset, Bath, who began working for Chelsea in 1992 as a part-time schoolboys’ coach, focused on developing Premier League talent, once a significant investment was made into the academy.
    In the exciting revamp, the club relocated its youth and first-team training facilities from Harlington to Cobham.
    As he put it on Chelsea’s website back in 2019, it was a plan that was 15 years in the making.
    “It’s what we’ve been working towards for 15 years since we restructured the Academy in 2004,” he said.
    “We’ve always been very clear that our job is not really to win youth trophies year after year, but to develop and produce Chelsea and Premier League players.”
    Bath added: “We have to set our ambitions high because we want to be the best football academy in the world and the number one choice for players and parents.”
    Chelsea fan Bath explained his masterplan was 15 years in the makingCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Bath oversees everything at the academy, here standing with Joe Edwards, ex-assistant manager Jody Morris and U23 Manager Andy MyersCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Turning rough diamonds into winners is, perhaps, the hardest thing to do in youth football.
    But since 2010, Chelsea have proved their academy to be, if not the best, one of the most successful in world football.
    They’ve won the FA Youth Cup an astonishing seven times during that period, including five in a row from 2014 – equalling the record of the infamous Busby Babes of Manchester United that stood for 50 years.
    Their U18s have been national champions twice and southern champions four times.

    While on the European stage, the kids have won the Uefa Youth League twice.
    But it’s not all about making first class footballers. Developing the boy into a respectful and educated man is also part of the process.
    Bath has spoken in the past how he and his assistant Jim Fraser understand the importance of that.
    “We’re currently the reigning Premier League champions from Under-13 to U16, which is a really positive sign,” he said in 2019, “and we’ve just achieved our best-ever GCSE results.
    Chelsea’s youth teams have tasted incredible success since 2010Credit: Getty Images – Getty
    Mason Mount lifts the FA Youth Cup in 2017 alongside Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi who are now first team starsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Ola Aina, Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathan Ake and Kurt Zouma pose with the Premier League trophy 2017Credit: Getty Images – Getty
    “We need to make sure these boys have all the characteristics and attributes, as footballers and as young men, to follow the likes of Ruben, Mason, Fikayo and Tammy.
    “When first-team coaching staff speak so highly about them as people, how they are humble and respectful, how they work so hard every day and set the standards in training, that’s also incredibly nice to hear and reinforces the culture we have built.”
    Of course, not every young player is going to make it – that is the harsh reality of football.
    For every Mount, Loftus-Cheek, Abraham or Christensen there’s a Declan Rice, Eddie Nketiah, Tariq Lamptey and Nathan Ake that had to prove their worth elsewhere, and who would now command huge transfer fees.
    But perhaps the biggest star who slipped through the net was Kylian Mbappe.
    In 2012, the French superstar, then 13, was invited for a trial to Cobham. However, when he was asked to return for another trial, his mum refused point black.
    Daniel Boga, who worked as an international scout at Chelsea until 2014, explained to Goal: “He took a trial and didn’t end up convincing us because he didn’t offer enough defensively.
    “So, they asked his mother if he could come back for a second trial and she said no.”
    Mbappe was playing at a small club in the suburbs of Paris called Bondy at that time, and his mum Fayza believed he was destined for the top.
    Kylian Mbappe was on trial at Chelsea, but didn’t impress Blues coaches
    £70m-rated West Ham star Declan Rice was schooled at Chelsea’s academy before he was released in 2014Credit: Rex Features
    “My son will not go back, either they sign him now or within five years they’ll have to offer 50 million euros to tie him down,” she said as per Boga.
    The reason for Chelsea’s reluctance to sign Mbappe on the spot was that they didn’t see enough quality in him when he wasn’t with the ball.

    “Defensively, he wasn’t quite there,” Boga said.
    “When he received the ball he was incredible, but without the ball he didn’t do much.”
    It goes to show, you have to do more to impress Bath and his team to get your chance to learn at this fame academy.
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    How Chelsea could line-up with Aguero and Haaland in attack and ‘better Paul Pogba’ Ryan Gravenberch in midfield

    CHELSEA are set for another big summer of spending and several top players are linked with the Premier League side.Erling Haaland, Sergio Aguero and Jose Gimenez represent just a portion of the talent reportedly being targeted in West London.
    How Chelsea could line up with a trio of new signings
    Ryan Gravenberch is the latest highly-rated Ajax academy productCredit: Getty
    The latest name to enter the Blues’ radar is Ryan Gravenberch, who has been described as ‘better’ than World Cup winner Paul Pogba.
    Reports in Italy name the midfielder as another star being sought after by several clubs.
    Liverpool, Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester United are all said to be monitoring Gravenberch, along with Chelsea.
    Despite being just 18, he has racked up over 50 appearances for Ajax.
    Bidding would have to start at around £30million, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, and the Dutchman is under contract to 2023.
    Gravenberch joins Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland in being linked with a Stamford Bridge switch.
    Chelsea are leading the race to land Dortmund powerhouse Erling HaalandCredit: Getty
    A change in formation would be required to fit in Aguero and Haaland
    Sergio Aguero is thought to be keen on a free transfer to Chelsea this summerCredit: EPA
    Chelsea are thought to be in the running for a £150m summer deal.
    Thomas Tuchel may choose to reinforce his frontline for next season having admitted that Kai Havertz and Timo Werner were disappointments in Wednesday’s win over Porto.
    One forward certainly available is soon-to-be free agent Sergio Aguero.
    Reports suggest the Argentine is ‘tempted’ by the Blues in his quest to break the Prem goal record.

    And a defender is also said to be highly sought after with Jose Gimenez on a long list of targets in that department.
    Any new signing would have to fit into Tuchel’s trusted 3-4-2-1 system.
    It is hard to see how Haaland and Aguero would play in the same XI, potentially making the Manchester City legend a super sub if both joined.
    Gravenberch could settle into a midfield role alongside Mateo Kovacic or N’Golo Kante, with Gimenez completing the German’s three-man defence.
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    Tuchel urged to DROP out-of-form Chelsea striker Timo Werner after Champions League win over Porto

    THOMAS TUCHEL has been told to consider dropping Timo Werner after a lacklustre display against Porto.The German has only scored past Morecambe and Newcastle in 2021 and rarely looked like doing so on Wednesday night.
    Timo Werner failed to hit the back of the net against Porto on WednesdayCredit: Getty
    When he was substituted for Christian Pulisic on 65 minutes, Werner had only fired off one shot and touched the ball 15 times – the lowest of all 22 starting players in Seville.
    Speaking after the game, former Premier League striker Clinton Morrison asserted that Tuchel needs to take him out of the line-up to reset his form.
    He told BBC 5 Live: “Chelsea have got other attacking options – it just depends on how long Tuchel wants to stick with Timo Werner.
    “Listen, Werner is not a bad player. You don’t become a bad player overnight.
    “It’s just at the moment, he’s getting into positions and not being clinical.
    “Maybe he needs a bit of time out of the team and he can make an impact coming off the bench.”
    A fine Mason Mount goal put Chelsea ahead in the quarter-final tie before Ben Chilwell added a second late on.
    But Werner’s struggle left pundits searching for answers over how he can go from being a goal machine at RB Leipzig to a nigh-on flop at Chelsea.
    He came with a huge reputation and you cannot always expect it to be a bed of roses immediately.Rio Ferdinand
    Ex-Blues hero Glenn Hoddle told BT Sport: “You’ve got to remember this is in a pandemic, we don’t know if he’s settled at home, I’m not sure if his family are with him.
    “It’s a bit like [Kai] Havertz as well, if you haven’t got your partner, or just your partner, you’re not going out with the lads, getting to know them, for a meal, all those things have an impact on you as a player – so that could be a part of it.
    “But he does lack a little bit of confidence at the moment.”
    Rio Ferdinand added that the 25-year-old was likely to find it tough to match his form in the Bundesliga.
    The former defender noted: “He came with a big reputation from Germany, did ever so well, scored over 30 goals in his last season for Leipzig.
    “He came with a huge reputation and when they come from a foreign country, you cannot always expect it to be a bed of roses immediately.
    “He’s got 10 goals this season and eight assists.”
    Tuchel admitted that Werner and fellow forward Havertz did not meet his expectations against Porto.

    He told reporters: “I accept that it was a tough match for Timo and for Kai today, they did not have their best day and we did not deliver so good.
    “The connection between the deep seven players that we needed for the build-up and the front three, we lost that a bit.
    “To have a bit more of an impact, the balls we delivered were not the best balls.
    “I could feel our two German players up front, Kai and Timo, did not play on their highest level today so I wanted to have an impact from the bench.”
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