Timo Werner’s problems in front of goal persisted in Chelsea’s draw with Real Madrid (EPA).
Thomas Tuchel thinks Timo Werner is angry that he missed a chance in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Christian Pulisic gave Chelsea the lead with a stunning solo effort, but Karim Benzema’s equaliser before the break levelled the score in the Spanish capital.
Meanwhile, things went wrong for Werner in front of the goal. He missed a great chance to give Chelsea the lead before Pulisic’s opener.
The £47.5million striker has scored just one goal in his last 13 appearances for Chelsea and the attacker is now under pressure to keep his starting place ahead of Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud.
He missed the big chance at West Ham, now he missed another big chance here, it doesn’t make sense, Tuchel said after the draw against Madrid.
But it also doesn’t help to cry or feel sorry all the time.
Timo Werner missed a great chance to take the lead for Chelsea (EPA).
It’s true, there are millions of people who are harder to deal with than the opportunities you miss.
That’s the way it is in sports, nobody cares about tomorrow. We were sad today, angry at the moment, that’s normal. He’s angry, frustrated, has a day off tomorrow, and the next day he has to lift his chin.
He’s a professional, he’s a top guy, he works hard, he gets jobs, and that’s where we go from there.
We will never stop pushing, we will never stop believing, I feel like everyone accepts this. A striker is easy, you score a goal in the next game and nobody talks about it.
Tuchel also made it clear that Chelsea should have led after a good first 45 minutes against Madrid.
We played a very strong first half, we should have won the first half, Tuchel said.
Unfortunately we were a little unlucky and lacked stamina and precision in our decisions in the opponent’s penalty area, but we were very strong in the first half. Unfortunately we got a goal against, but otherwise we defended strongly throughout the game.
Christian Pulisic put Chelsea ahead with his stunning solo goal against Real Madrid (Getty).
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I feel like we should have won the first half, that we deserved to win the first half, and maybe we could have decided this game early in the first half when we played very hard. The second half was a bit tactical and it felt like we only had two days between the two away games.
Both games were very difficult, both physically and mentally, and it showed in the decision making, ball loss and acceleration, which we suffered from today. Another day would have been great for us, but it was not to be.
Now it’s about enjoying a rest day for the group and then forgetting this result, concentrating on the next challenges, taking things one step at a time, and next week we have another challenge against Real Madrid.
It will be difficult, because it is the semi-final of the Champions League, nothing is certain. Even if we win here, anything is possible. It’s halftime and we have to fight for every inch and every advantage we want.
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