Chelsea ‘scapegoat’ Timo Werner lashes out at Thomas Tuchel and Lukaku decision

In an explosive rant, Timo Werner has blamed Thomas Tuchel for his failed spell at Chelsea, claiming the German used him as a ‘scapegoat’.

The forward signed for ‘The Blues’ in 2020, for a whopping £47.5 million. However, he struggled to adapt to the Premier League, missing several chances in front of goal, before ultimately tumbling down the pecking order.

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The Stuttgart native continued his lapse in form throughout his second season, eventually making the decision to head back to Leipzig. However, with several months now removed from his time at Stamford Bridge, he’s launched a verbal assault upon his former gaffer.

In an interview with The Sun, the player revealed his disappointment over the club breaking the bank to sign Lukaku, viewing himself as more than worthy of being the first choice for the role.

He said: “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.

“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 [Lukaku] than others — it’s completely normal, and you have to accept that.”

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Timo Werner and Thomas Tuchel shared a frosty relationship at Chelsea

Their evident differences were on full display in the 2021/22 Champions League Final. After Werner was caught in an offside position, the gaffer went mental. All the player could do was throw his arms in the air, while his manager screamed from the sidelines.

Ultimately, Chelsea went on to win the fixture, but the outburst must’ve left a bitter taste in the striker’s mouth.

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“From the outside, it was easy to scapegoat me, whether that was from the media or coaches, whatever,” Werner added.

After losing his ‘enjoyment’ for the game, Werner has come back to life this season. Proving he’s still got the talent to mix it at the highest level, he’s bagged 11 goals in 23 games.

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