Chelsea striker Timo Werner had a night to forget as he missed a sitter in Germany’s World Cup qualifier against North Macedonia on Thursday evening..
The four-time World Cup winners fell behind following Goran Pandev’s goal on the stroke of half time but equalised through Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty in the 63rd minute.
Germany then had a great opportunity to put themselves in front with 10 minutes remaining as Gundogan raced into North Macedonia’s penalty area before he squared the ball to Werner, who was eight yards out and had the goal at his mercy.
But the Chelsea forward fluffed the chance completely as he failed to properly connect with Gundogan’s pass, and the ball trickled harmlessly wide for a goal kick.
To make matters worse, Eljif Elmas then put North Macedonia in front in the 85th minute to complete a surprise 2-1 upset in Duisburg.
The defeat has left Germany third in Group J, level on six points with North Macedonia and three behind Armenia, who have won all three of their qualifying games so far.
Timo Werner, how on earth have you missed that?! 😱pic.twitter.com/AW9xY5Fnk0
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Werner, who was signed in a £47.5 million deal from RB Leipzig last summer, has struggled for form over the winter period for Chelsea.
Since the start of December, Werner has scored just two goals in 24 appearances.
Speaking about Werner’s poor form in front of goal before the international break, Tuchel said: ‘Right now I don’t see why he should be frustrated. And honestly, it’s like I answered before, nobody here is blaming the strikers, this is a team effort to attack and a team effort to defend.
‘We expect our guys to create more chances to be more decisive, yes, because we expect the defends to play at the highest level, so we also expect our strikers [to do the same].
‘In the end it’s my responsibility to put them in the right mindset and the right positions, to let them play regularly, and from there on we go. And maybe all the stuff that you read will hopefully disappear soon.’
Chelsea, meanwhile, are understood to be in the market for a new striker this summer and are in the running to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, although they will face strong competition from several clubs across Europe.