New footage has emerged which shows Thibaut Courtois brazenly joking with Olivier Giroud about Timo Werner’s miss during Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Chelsea.
Werner ended a barren spell in Chelsea’s previous game with West Ham but was found wanting on Tuesday, firing a point-blank effort straight at Courtois just before Christian Pulisic’s opening goal at Madrid’s Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.
Chelsea failed to capitalise on their period of dominance after Pulisic’s opening goal and were made to pay as Benzema hammered home an unstoppable volley to equalise.
The scoreline remained at 1-1 to set up an enticing second leg next week and Werner’s wastefulness in front of goal was a major talking point at Tuchel’s post-match press conference.
Werner – was said to be angry with himself in the dressing room for wasting such a golden chance.
‘He missed a big one at West Ham, now he missed another big one here, that does not help,’ Tuchel told reporters. ‘But it also doesn’t help to cry about it or to regret it all the time.
‘It’s 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, angry in the moment, this is normal. He’s angry, he is disappointed, tomorrow he has a free day and the next day he has to put his chin up.
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‘We will never stop pushing, we will never stop believing, I have the feeling that everybody accepts the situation like this. A striker is easy, you score the next game and nobody speaks.’
Werner received little sympathy from Courtois and Giroud, the duo were caught laughing about German’s poor effort by RMC Sport cameras at halftime.
‘Timo’s shot pffff,’ Giroud said to Courtois in French, clearly in earshot of Azpilicueta and Mason Mount in the tunnel. The Madrid goalkeeper responded: ‘All I did was put my foot out like this.’
Giroud, an unused substitute in the game, bluntly replied ‘incredible’ before both players made their way back out onto the pitch for the second half of the game.