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Thomas Tuchel can’t afford to take Timo Werner gamble as Chelsea meet Porto

When Timo Werner sunk to a new low by fluffing his lines in Germany’s shock defeat against North Macedonia last week, Thomas Tuchel urged the misfiring Chelsea striker to treat his goalscoring woes like being rejected by a woman.

“If a woman doesn’t want to go out with you to dinner, you cannot force her too,” the Blues head coach said.

“You just step a little bit back and maybe she will call you up. So the goals will come.”

Three days after his embarrassing miss on Germany duty, Werner was thrown straight back into the mix by Tuchel for the visit of West Brom, getting the nod ahead of fellow frontmen Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham in their Premier League meeting at Stamford Bridge.

Thomas Tuchel urged Timo Werner to treat his goalscoring woes like being rejected by a woman after his horror miss for Germany last week

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Yet after being advised to play it cool in pursuit of a revived love story with the back of the net, his performance against the Baggies was more hopeless romantic than smooth operator.

The former RB Leipzig man was dreadful on the day, squandering possession frequently and spurning a few half-chances to pull himself out of his current slump and find the back of the net.

But his subsequent performance for Chelsea against West Brom was more hopeless romantic than smooth operator
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His abject showing played a part in Chelsea’s humiliating 5-2 thrashing at the hands of Sam Allardyce’s relegation battlers, who had only won three matches out of 29 heading into the game.

He did register an assist by teeing up Mason Mount for their second, yet even that demonstrated his alarming lack of courage in front of goal right now.

Any top striker brimming with confidence would simply have tapped the ball home themselves when picked out in a similar position with the goal gaping. Instead, Werner needlessly cut back inside before squaring to Mount….

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