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Timo Werner blames Tuchel’s tactics for Chelsea exit

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The German forward left Stamford Bridge after sealing a return to RB Leipzig.

Timo Werner has revealed his lack of game time has convinced him to leave Chelsea.

A £47.5m move from Leipzig saw Werner join the Blues in 2020. However, the German international failed to live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge, scoring 23 goals in his 89 appearances for Chelsea.

Werner secured a move back to Leipzig last week, scoring in his second debut for the Bundesliga club. Speaking about his departure from Chelsea, Werner admitted Tuchel’s system has been a major factor in his decision.

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“For me, the fun of playing football is in the foreground,” he told the Einfach mal Luppen podcast.

“Of course, I had great success at Chelsea, but the fun got a bit lost in the end because I didn’t play regularly anymore.

“I think the coach’s system of play didn’t suit me perfectly. That’s why it was clear to me that I wanted to take a new step. I’m at an age where I want to play as much as I can.

“I really associate very great successes with Chelsea – the greatest of my career. It will always be a special club for me. I will also stay in touch with many of the players from the team.”