Thomas Tuchel has launched a passionate defence of Chelsea striker Timo Werner and has hit out at the ‘annoying’ criticism of the goal-shy Germany international.
Frank Lampard’s successor has retained his faith in the club’s summer signing from RB Leipzig despite his ongoing crisis of confidence in front of goal.
Werner has contributed to Chelsea’s 14-game unbeaten run under their new manager but has scored only once since his compatriot replaced Lampard in January.
The 25-year-old fared little better for his country in midweek, producing an astonishing miss during a shock defeat against North Macedonia and was criticised by coach Joachim Low after the match.
Tuchel, however, is adamant that the versatile forward will soon return to the prolific form which persuaded Chelsea to part with £52million to sign him last summer.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Premier League match against West Brom, Tuchel said: ‘First of all, it was a bad pass from Ilkay Gundogan this is how I see it, no I’m just joking.
‘Of course he misses the chance and everbody is passionate to talk about it which is a bit annoying for me. It’s a moment where he arrives where everyone talks about Timo Werner but the truth is he did not start three times for Germany, so maybe if he has more minutes he would’ve scored more.
‘It’s an easy solution in the moment to point the finger to Timo which I cannot understand fully and I will not accept. I am happy he is back here because here he is protected. We demand a lot from him and we get a lot from him.
‘The best thing maybe is to look at the situation honestly and not focus on the bad things but to look honestly where yes he is in a moment where he lacks confidence, where things are not too easy, the ball does not work out like it usually works out.
‘But he works hard for us. If this is the most critical point of his career so far look at the data and the statistics, he scores still for us, he is doing assists for us he is winning decisive penalties for us. So if this is the most critical point in your career you can still accept it and say it’s pretty impressive so far.
‘I trust and I hope he does the same. I talk to him about it butthis guy scores since he’s five years old and he never stopped so he can trust that his brain and body remembers to do that. It is absolutely usual for him to score so it will come back. It’s just a matter of time.’
Tuchel revealed he had spoken to Werner following his return to Cobham but cut short his training session on Thursday after the player had asked to work on his finishing.
‘It’s much easier said than done for me it’s not the moment to think about it and not to read about it and not to even train extra,’ Tuchel added.
‘Yesterday I sent him in from training because he wanted to do some finishing with us an I just sent him in. I said you don’t need that, your body and your brain knows how to score you did it since you were six years old so don’t worry it will come.