Thomas Tuchel screamed at Timo Werner after Chelsea’s Premier League victory over Everton.
And as the pressure on the 25-year-old German forward mounts, Tuchel has explained his squabble with Werner as Chelsea prepare to meet Leeds United on Saturday.
Tuchel spoke about the incident with Werner last time out ahead of Saturday’s match against Leeds United, maintaining that the misfiring forward would not take it personally.
“It was very direct, and at the moment without spectators, things like this can get out there,” Tuchel told reporters after the footage and audio went viral according to the official club website. “I was aware [of the video] because people around me showed me.
“We reminded Timo to re-join his position on the right because he was on the left too long. Switching positions is not a problem but we wanted Callum [Hudson-Odoi] on the left and Timo on the right side to make things easier for him. We reminded him but it was not an insult or aggressive. It was direct.
“I know what you mean but, in the end, if it is respectful and not insulting each other [it is fine]. I have no problem with the players being direct to me and sometimes on the sideline, the coaches are in a game mode where things are direct and meant to be clear.
“Sometimes things are not pronounced in the most friendly or nice way. I agree but I and the players are in a game mode. I have the feeling that no one takes it too personally. It is about passing information. This is it.”