Thomas Tuchel explains why he won’t let Timo Werner work on his finishing

Thomas Tuchel has issued a robust defence of Timo Werner and has told his struggling striker to stop “overthinking” his difficulties in front of goal.

Tuchel has gone so far as to prevent Werner from doing any extra work on his finishing in training, instead sending the 25-year-old away from the pitch because his “body and brain” already knows how to find the net.

And the Chelsea head coach likened Werner’s problems to the challenge of trying to secure a dinner date, saying he will benefit from taking a “step back” from the issue.

Werner missed an open goal from eight yards for Germany during their shock defeat by North Macedonia in midweek, continuing a run of form in which he has scored just two goals since November.

“This guy has scored since he was five years old and he never stopped,” said Tuchel of Werner, who signed for £47.5 million in the summer.

“He can trust that his brain and his body remembers to do that because it is absolutely usual for him to score. It will come back. It is just a matter of time. It is the moment not to think about it and not to read about it and not to even train extra.

“Yesterday I sent him in from training because he wanted to do some finishing with us. I just sent him in. I said: ‘You don’t need that – your body, your brain knows how to score. It will come.’

“If a woman does not want to go out with you to dinner, you cannot force her. You just step a little bit back and maybe she will call you.”

Tuchel confirmed that Werner will start against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, with Chelsea looking to cement their place in the top four ahead of their Champions League quarter-final against Porto next week.

“The goals will come, but of course he needs to do something for it,” said Tuchel. “The best thing to do is to not think about it and work hard. Work hard against the ball, be reliable with the ball, do your runs, don’t hesitate and be fearless. Don’t overthink it. 

“It is very easy for me to say because we aren’t out there and everybody is pointing fingers at him, but this is the challenge right now. This is how I see it. He will start tomorrow.”

Chelsea will be without midfielder N’Golo Kante, who is suffering with a muscle injury. Kante is also a doubt for the first leg of their tie against Porto, which takes place on Wednesday. 

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