Tuchel’s ruthless Chelsea line-up comments speak volumes about Werner and Havertz plans

Chelsea: Tuchel reacts to win over Newcastle

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel insisted Edouard Mendy is still the club’s first-choice goalkeeper despite dropping him for Kepa Arrizabalaga on Monday night. Tuchel’s comments will be music to the ears of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

When Chelsea announced Tuchel would take over from Frank Lampard, it was obvious that part of the reason was to get the best out of their two new big-name signings.

Under Lampard, Werner and Havertz both struggled to get going after costing the club £53million and £72m respectively.

The two Germans were signed to revolutionise the Chelsea attack, but both found it tough going after making the switch.

After Lampard’s dismissal, it was expected that the club would hire a German-speaking manager to get the best out of the two youngsters, which they ended up doing with Tuchel.

So far, Tuchel has been unable to give Havertz any real game time due to an injury, but it is expected that he will be a key part of the new-look side at Stamford Bridge.

Werner ended his goal drought on Monday night in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United after starting on the wing, and Tuchel will hope the former RB Leipzig forward will be more prolific from now on.

It was just his fifth goal in 23 Premier League appearances this season, and was his first under Tuchel, having gone 11 league appearances without finding the net under Lampard.

Tuchel made another bold team selection call against Newcastle as he named Arrizabalaga in goal ahead of Mendy.

The Spaniard has been tipped to leave before long after Lampard spent £23m to bring in Mendy.

And speaking after the game, Tuchel confirmed he still considers Arrizabalaga his first-choice goalkeeper.

The first-team coach said: “Edou is the number one, this is clear. It was clear before the game and it stays like this.”

Werner and Havertz will both be hoping the same applies to them, and that they continue to get chances in the starting XI.

Speaking during Sky Sports’ coverage of the game, Gary Neville explained that getting the best out of the players currently at the club – including Werner and Havertz – will be Tuchel’s biggest challenge.

“It’s the reason he’s been brought in – to get these players, Havertz, Werner, massive investment, talented young players, to get the best out of them,” he said.

“It looks like there’s some early reward, it looks like it’s paying off. The bigger challenges are to come.

“Tuchel it looks there, all the players are hugging him, it looks like there’s a good relationship building.”

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