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Tuchel: We have the potential to be more decisive

Thomas Tuchel is sure his forward players have the ability to make the difference in the final third and insists it is his job to make it happen...

The Blues kept another clean sheet in the weekend draw at Leeds United but it was a blank down the other end, our second game without a goal in the past four, that instigated much of the post-match discussion.

Tuchel insisted he is not unduly concerned with the goalscoring form of his team because they are doing the right things in the right areas and should trust that the process will soon reap rewards.

‘It’s a unique position and a sensitive position so I truly believe that it’s not so important just training them to shake their goalscoring mentality,’ said Tuchel on the art of extracting more from his strikers.

‘We’re here to help everybody and at the moment for us it’s important to keep their focus on the process. We can’t just look at the result of “is the ball in or not?” but instead it’s the process that matters to escape the pressure they sometimes put on themselves.

‘The process is good decision-making, good technique, good vision, and if you focus on these points then the result will take care of itself and it means you will find the back of the net.

‘That’s what we try to implement and how we try to help. Of course we have some exercises to help them in training in terms of finishing but in the end it’s clear that you talk whatever you want and show videos but for a striker, the most important thing is to score. This is the last percentage that he needs to be at full confidence and there is no substitute for that.’

Kai Havertz was preferred to lead the line at Elland Road, with his compatriot Timo Werner coming off the bench for the final 20 minutes, and Tuchel feels the team have plenty of potential to be even more decisive in front of goal.

‘There are some statistics to which every striker is attached but everybody needs to have the mentality to cope with the pressure that comes with these statistics,’ he explained. ‘It’s like this with high-level football but I have to say that at this moment, everybody is working hard.

‘We’re defending high and this was a very intense game. We’re still looking a bit for the breakthrough for one or two guys, for them to be on a run and to score consistently, but we not stop pushing and not stop looking for solutions to create more chances for them.

‘We have guys we are happy with and who have the potential to be more decision so we will try to help them.’

Our German head coach made six changes for the game and cited a recent run of demanding fixtures for that but explained it wouldn’t always be the case that he would rotate from game to game.

‘Everybody is hungry in training and we don’t want to lose this spirit and attitude because it has taken us a long way and it’s exactly what we need,’ he added. ‘We need more than 11 players that we trust and we cannot only talk about trust – we have to also show them.

‘It was many changes between Liverpool and Everton because we travelled a long way for Atletico, Man United and Liverpool, which was very intense and also mentally.

‘We gave many players the chance for rotation against Everton and we did not lose any quality so we did a bit of a change back in this game. That’s why it seems like a lot of changes but there will also come times where we do change so much.’

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