Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was impressed with Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech as they combined to score the winning goal in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.
Tuchel had recently gone with Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic as the front line three, but made the surprise pick for yesterday’s game.
Werner and Ziyech were drafted for Pulisic and Havertz respectively, and they played a key role in the Blues’ progress to a fourth FA Cup final in five seasons.
In the fifth minute, Werner put the ball on the plate to Ziyech to find the back of the net, but the goal was chalked as the German was offside.
However, they replied the same in the 55th minute. Mount played a wonderful pass for Werner on the counterattack. He prepared the pass for Ziyech to turn into an open net.
Speaking after the game, Tuchel was impressed with the duo’s combination play alongside Mount, and added that he wanted consistency going forward.
He told Chelseafc.com: “You can only win against City if everyone is at the top level and both guys have been very good up front with their speed and acceleration, as well as the impact. that Mason had with the pass. “
“Timo and Hakim were part of the same lineup as against Liverpool where they were also very strong in an away game and a 1-0 win, so I’m happy.
“It has to be absolutely like that. Everyone on the pitch needs to be performing and now is the time in the season when we can’t lose a percent. This is how we want it.
The Blues face either Leicester City or Southampton in the FA Cup final next month and aim to win their ninth title in the competition.
Their immediate focus will shift to the league meeting against Brighton and Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
The Blues have an excellent chance of returning to the top four following West Ham United’s 3-2 loss to Newcastle United.
Tuchel has made some surprise tactical decisions, and it remains to be seen whether Werner and Havertz reclaim their starting spots.