Tuchel blames Gundogan for Werner’s miss in Germany’s defeat to North Macedonia


Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has reacted to Timo Werner’s miss for Germany during theit shock 2-1 defeat against North Macedonia in the World Cup qualification game on Wednesday.

Tuchel blamed Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan for giving a bad pass to the Chelsea forward which led to the miss.

The Germa defended the former Leipzig star who produced a shocking miss and has hit out at the ‘annoying’ criticism of the goal-shy Germany international.

Tuchel, however, is adamant that the player will soon return to the prolific form which made Chelsea pay up to £52 million to sign him last summer.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash against West Brom, Tuchel said, “First of all, it was a bad pass from Ilkay Gundogan this is how I see it, no I’m just joking.

“Of course he missed the chance and everybody is passionate to talk about it which is a bit annoying for me.

“It’s a moment where he arrives where everyone talks about Timo Werner but the truth is he did not start three times for Germany, so maybe if he has more minutes he would’ve scored more.

“‘It’s an easy solution at the moment to point fingers at Timo which I cannot understand fully and I will not accept. I am happy he is back here because here he is protected.

But, Tuchel advised Werner’s critics not to focus on the things he could not do perfectly or those moments where he lacked confidence during games but to judge him honestly.

The former Dortmund boss maintained that Werner works very hard, creates chances and scores important goals for Chelsea, he advised the forward to accept this period as the most critical point in his career and move forward.


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