Thomas Tuchel tells ‘angry’ Timo Werner to forget ‘big’ miss for Chelsea FC vs Real Madrid

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Thomas Tuchel revealed Timo Werner was ‘angry’ after missing a golden chance against Real Madrid, while the Chelsea manager bemoaned his side’s failure to make their superiority show in the 1-1 Champions League semi-final first-leg draw.

Werner fired straight at Thibaut Courtois from point-blank range with the game goalless early on.

Christian Pulisic put Chelsea in front after 14 minutes, but Karim Benzema equalised against the run of play to leave the tie delicately poised ahead of next week’s game at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel is hoping his side are not left to pay for their wastefulness and told Werner to quickly put his own blunder behind him.

“He missed a big one in West Ham now he missed another big one here,” he said. “That does not help, but it also does not help to cry about it or to regret it all the time. It is like this.

“There are millions of people who have harder things to deal with than chances that you miss, so this is the good thing about sports – nobody cares tomorrow.

“Today we were sad, we were angry in the moment, this is normal. He is angry. He is maybe disappointed. Tomorrow he has a free day and the next day he has to put his chin up. He is a professional guy, a top guy, he works hard.

“He is in positions and from there on we go. We will never stop pushing, we will never stop believing and I have the feeling that everybody accepts the situation like it is. As a striker it is easy, you score the next game and nobody speaks about it.”

Chelsea do have the advantage of an away goal, but Tuchel believes they could have one foot in the final if they had been more clinical when dominating the first half.

AFP via Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images

“I have a feeling that we should have won the first half and we deserved to win the first half,” he added. “Maybe we could have decided this match very, very early in the first half an hour when we were playing so, so strong.

“Second half was a bit of a tactical match and you could feel that we only had two days in between two away games.

“Both games were very demanding physically and mentally so you could feel the decision making, some ball losses, acceleration, that we suffered from it today.

“Next week we have to face another challenge against Real Madrid, it will be another tough one because it is the Champions League semi-final, nothing is sure.

“It is half time and we need to fight for every centimetre and advantage that we want to have, we need to fight and to deserve it.”

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