The striker had ended up costing his side the encounter with his scuffed shot
More than Germany’s surprise 2-1 defeat to North Macedonia earlier this week, Timo Werner’s howler of a miss emerged as a talking point from the encounter.
Finding himself right infront of the goal as Ilkay Gundogan squared the ball to him, Werner couldn’t have augured for a more pristine chance to score. However, the striker ended up making a meal of his shot, a strike which eventually saw Germany slip to their first FIFA World Cup qualifier defeat since 2001.
Thomas Tuchel was recently questioned about the miss during his presser ahead of Chelsea’s showdown with West Brom on Saturday. And Tuchel was quick to downplay the incident as he joked about it being a poor pass from Gundogan.
Werner is not a serious footballer
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The Chelsea manager also asserted that the striker would be in the club’s playing 11 on Saturday.
“It was a bad pass from Ilkay Gundogan is how I see it! I’m only joking. He missed that chance and everybody is passionate to talk about it which is a bit annoying,” Tuchel said when quizzed about Werner’s miss.
“It’s easy at the moment to point the finger at Timo, which I can’t understand. I am happy he is back here.
“To look at it honestly, he is in a moment where he lacks confidence and things aren’t too easy. The goals are not working out as usual but he works out for us.
“He still scores for us, still assists for us, still wins penalties. If this is the most critical point of his career you can say it’s still pretty impressive so far.
“Timo has scored since he was five years old and he never stopped. So he can trust his brain and body, it will come back. That’s easier said than done.
“Yesterday I sent him in from training because he wanted to do extra finishing with us. But I sent him in because it will come. The goals will come.
“Of course, he needs to do something and the best thing to do is to work hard. Work hard against the ball, make runs, don’t hesitate, be fearless, don’t overthink it.
“That’s easy for me to say but it’s the challenge right now. Timo will start tomorrow and there we go.”