Thomas Tuchel has defended Timo Werner from criticism over his performances and has revealed that he stopped the struggling forward from doing extra finishing training.
Werner has just two goals in his last 27 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, and attracted further derision when he missed a glorious chance for Germany during their humiliating 2-1 defeat to North Macedonia earlier this week.
However, Tuchel accused critics in his homeland of using Werner as a scapegoat for all of Germany’s issues, and suggested national team boss Joachim Low should not have named him as a substitute in all three of his side’s fixtures during the international break.
Chelsea and Germany striker Timo Werner missed a glorious chance at 1-1 against North Macedonia, skewing his shot from close range as his team went on to lose 2-1 at home
Asked about Werner’s miss against North Macedonia, 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…