Thomas Tuchel backs Timo Werner

Chelsea Head Coach Thomas Tuchel has defended Timo Werner after the Chelsea forward missed a sitter in Germany’s World Cup qualifier defeat to North Macedonia on Wednesday. Having scored just 2 goals in his last 27 appearances for Chelsea, the German’s lack of confidence was evident during his national team’s defeat.

Thomas Tuchel has come out backing his striker and accused the German media of using Werner as a scapegoat for Germany’s defeat against North Macedonia. Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League match against West Brom, Tuchel said “First of all, it was a bad pass from Ilkay Gundogan – that’s how I see it.”

He missed a chance and now everybody is passionate to talk about it, which is a bit annoying. The truth is he did not start three times for Germany, so maybe if he has more minutes, maybe they would have scored more.”

It’s an easy solution to point the finger at Timo, which I cannot fully understand and I will not accept. I am happy that he’s back here, because here he’s protected. We demand a lot from him; we get a lot from him.”

Yes, he is in a moment where he lacks confidence. The ball simply does not work out like it usually works out. But he works hard for us.”

He scores for us, he’s doing assists, he’s winning penalties. So if this is the most critical point in your career, you can accept it and say, ‘it’s pretty impressive so far.

Now is the moment not to think about it, not to read about it and not even to train extra. Yesterday I sent him in from training because he wanted to do some finishing.”

I said, ‘you don’t need that. Your body, your brain knows how to score. You did it since you were six years old. So don’t worry, it will come.’ The best thing to do is to work hard and be fearless.”

Source: Sky Sports

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