Thomas Tuchel says Timo Werner is ‘angry’ with his missed chance in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday evening. Christian Pulisic’s superb solo effort gave Chelsea the lead but Karim Benzema’s equaliser before the break sealed a draw in the Spanish capital. Werner, meanwhile, saw his woes in front of goal continue as he missed an excellent chance to put Chelsea ahead before Pulisic’s opener. The £47.5 million signing has scored just once in his last 13 appearances for Chelsea, and the striker is now under pressure to keep his starting role ahead of Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud. ‘He missed a big one at West Ham, now he missed another big one here, that does not help,’ Tuchel said after the draw against Madrid. ‘But it also doesn’t help to cry about it or to regret it all the time.
‘It’s like this, there are millions of people who have harder things to deal with than chances that you miss. ‘So this is the good thing about sports, nobody cares tomorrow. Today, we were sad, angry in the moment, this is normal. He’s angry, he is disappointed, tomorrow he has a free day and the next day he has to put his chin up. ‘He is a professional guy, he is a top guy, he works hard, he gets in the positions, and from there on we go. ‘We will never stop pushing, we will never stop believing, I have the feeling that everybody accepts the situation like this. A striker is easy, you score the next game and nobody speaks.’ Tuchel also made it clear that Chelsea should have been in front following their strong opening 45 minutes against Madrid. ‘We played a very strong first half, we should have won the first half,’ said Tuchel. ‘Unfortunately we were a bit unlucky and lacked composure and precision in the decision making in the opponents box, but we were very strong in the first half. Unfortunately we conceded a goal from a set-piece, otherwise we defended very strong throughout the whole match.
I have the feeling that we should have won the first half, that we deserved to win the first half, and that we could have maybe decided this match very early, in the first half-an-hour when we were playing very strong. The second half was a bit of a tactical match and you could feel that we only had two days in-between two away games. ‘Both games were very demanding physically and mentally, so you could feel in the decision making and some ball losses and the acceleration, that we suffered from that today. One more day would have been great for us but it was not like this. ‘Now it’s the challenge to, first of all enjoy a free day for the group, and then forget this result, stay focused on the next challenges, go step-by-step, and next week we have to face another challenge against Real Madrid. ‘It will be a tough one because it is the Champions League semi-final, nothing is sure. Even if we had a win here, everything is possible, it’s half-time, and we will need to fight for every centimetre and every advantage that we want to have.’