Thomas Tuchel has told Chelsea forward Timo Werner it is not time to cry over his form in front of goal.
Werner has struggled to replicate the form that saw him score 28 goals in 34 Bundesliga appearances for RB Leipzig last season since joining the Blues in a £ 47.5million deal.
The Germany international scored the only goal in a vital 1-0 win at West Ham on Saturday – his sixth in 31 Premier League appearances.
However, his demons in front of goal returned in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final 1-1 draw at Real Madrid as he stole a glorious opportunity from close range too close to Thibaut Courtois.
Werner’s four shots were more than any of his Chelsea teammates, with two on target and one blocked before being pulled in favor of compatriot Kai Havertz midway through the second half.
“He missed a big game at West Ham, now he missed another big one here,” Tuchel said at a press conference after Karim Benzema’s well-taken volley called off Christian Pulisic’s first game at the 14th minute.
“It doesn’t help, but it also doesn’t help to cry or regret it all the time.
“It’s like that. There are millions of people who have things harder to deal with than chances that you miss.
“It’s the good thing about sports. Nobody cares about tomorrow. Today we were sad, we were angry at the time.
“It’s normal. He’s angry, he might be disappointed. Tomorrow he has a day off and the next day he has to look up.
Werner has scored six goals without penalty for Chelsea in the Premier League and Champions League, with his shots in those competitions totaling an expected goals (xG) figure of 13.4 – underscoring his woes.
However, the 25-year-old’s pace of racing and selfless work has been precious to Tuchel since he took over from Frank Lampard in January.
Although he didn’t create any chances for his colleague in the Spanish capital, Werner provided eight assists during his Premier League and Champions League efforts this quarter.
“He’s a professional guy, he’s a top notch guy. He works hard, he occupies the positions and from there, we leave, ”added Tuchel.
“We’ll never stop pushing, we’ll never stop believing. I have the feeling that everyone accepts the situation as it is.
“As a forward it’s easy – you score the next game and no one speaks.”