Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea FC have a good chance of the Champions League final. But Timo Werner could have opened the goal a lot further in the semi-final first leg at Real Madrid.
Timo Werner trotted off the pitch in the heavy rain in Madrid. The bad luck that apparently stuck to him could not be washed away. The problem child of Chelsea could have opened the gate to the Champions League final. But also because Werner missed a monster chance early on, the Blues remained in the semi-final first leg at Real Madrid only a dangerous 1: 1 (1: 1).
Once again, coach Thomas Tuchel had to publicly defend Werner afterwards. “Today we were sad and angry at that moment, he is angry and maybe disappointed,” said Tuchel after the game: “Wednesday he has a day off and the day after he has to lift his chin up again. Crying doesn’t help.” Before that, Werner had shot Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from five meters in the 10th minute.
It will be observed with interest whether Werner will also play in the second leg next Wednesday (9 p.m.) live on DAZN) runs from the beginning. The starting position for this is not bad, but it is also quite tricky.
It will be a tough road until the final on May 29th in Istanbul. “Nothing is certain. Even if we had won here, anything would be possible,” said Tuchel. National defender Antonio Rüdiger was also reluctant.
Thomas Tuchel continues to defend Timo Werner
“We still have 90 minutes to go, maybe longer,” he said at Sky: “Our fate is in our hands – and that is good.” It is clear that Chelsea need more precision in their offensive actions there.
Werner wasn’t the only one who missed out on the superior Chelsea in the first half. The important away goal of the ex-Dortmund player Christian Pulisic (14th), which was quickly equalized by Karim Benzema (29th), was overall too little.
Werner initially stood out due to his criminally missed shot, but even after that he didn’t succeed much. After 66 minutes he had to go out for compatriot Kai Havertz. But Tuchel does not lose patience with his striker. “As a striker it’s easy: you score in the next game and nobody talks about it anymore,” he said.
Relying on this scenario to materialize would be daring. The two faces of Timo Werner had already shown themselves on Saturday in the league at West Ham United. He scored the 1-0 winning goal after a long dry spell, but also put a high-caliber next to it. The internet is full of highlight clips showing his missed shots thanks to a peat lull that has now lasted 1000 minutes.
And that although he has been Chelsea’s top scorer with eleven goals and twelve assists since his 53 million euro change from RB Leipzig in the summer. Many fans and experts have developed a basic distrust of him.