Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has expressed his frustration at Timo Werner for missing crucial chances to score in the Champions League semifinal first leg against Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Chelsea grabbed an important away goal in the 1-1 draw against Zindine Zidane’s side but they could have scored more if Werner had been on target.
Werner squandered the best of those openings with 10 minutes gone, failing to beat Thibaut Courtois from six yards out after the chance had been put on a plate for him by Christian Pulisic.
Tuchel admitted Werner’s inability not to take what he called “big chances” is becoming a frustration.
“He missed a big one at West Ham and now he’s missed a big one here, that does not help,” he said on Sky Sports.
“But it doesn’t help crying about it or regretting it all the time.
“There are millions of people who have harder things to deal with than chances that you miss. So the good thing about sport is that no one cares tomorrow, today we were sad and angry in the moment – this is normal. He is sad, he is angry and disappointed. Tomorrow he has a free day and the next day he must put his chin up. He’s a top guy, a professional guy. He works hard. He’s in the positions. He will not stop believing. Everyone accepts the situation like it is. With strikers, if you score the next game, nobody speaks.”
He added: “I don’t feel we are pointing fingers but of course the strikers want to score, to do it for themselves and the team. This is the highest level and when you have a good half an hour like we did with so many chances and half chances, then yes we’d wish for more composure and more precision in the decision making and finishing. The challenge was not to worry about that and to not regret too long. We did that in the second half by defending very well.”