May 16, 2021

Champions League: Chelsea close to the Grail with Timo Werner far from the score

Two steps from a second Champions League title, Chelsea cultivates a strange paradox. Its expensive summer 2020 expenses, 223 million euros, have not all given the expected return and the London club is still a giant in the making.

It’s karma, guys. In every team I go to, there is a striker who keeps missing goals … What’s his name? Werner that’s it“. Used to clashes on social networks, the gunsling aunt is none other than the wife of Thiago Silva, teammate of Timo Werner at Chelsea. If the credit to be given to this tweet is all relative, the German striker is the Regular target of mockery and gloomy comments for his huge hiccups and lack of success in front of goal. Even the player decided to laugh about it. After his goal against West Ham in late April, he missed a golden opportunity to achieve the double. “The second opportunity, I must mark it. One goal is good, two goals may be too much“He admitted in self-mockery. In the semi-final first leg of the Champions League at Real Madrid, his miss was less laughing. Starting with himself.

At 25, the former RB Leipzig player was to explode with the Blues. For the moment, he has mostly exploded the bank account of Roman Abramovich who spent 223 million euros last summer to enlist Werner (53 million), Kai Havertz (100 million including 20 bonus), Ben Chilwell ( 50 million) and Hakim Ziyech (40 million). A renewal of the offensive sector which remains under construction and which is not unrelated to the dismissal of Frank Lampard during the season. Among the top 5 in the Premier League, Chelsea (4th, 53 goals scored) does not compare statistically with the Mancunian armadas (71 goals for City and 64 for United).

With 11 goals in all competitions for his debut season with the Blues, Werner is the perfect culprit even though he could be the first since Eden Hazard to post double-digit assists (nine assists before the return against Real Madrid ). It is perhaps what saves him, his activity in the field and his sense of the collective. “I really think he’s underrated, analyzes the former blues defender Ashley Cole at our Sky Sports colleagues. Yes, he missed some big chances and opportunities mBut I think the way Tuchel wants them to play through the lines, combined with the diagonal passes, gives it a role central“.

Since his arrival, Thomas Tuchel has done everything to spare and revive the German nugget by praising, for lack of anything better, his involvement and his defensive intensity. Close protection as the technician could use with Mbappé or Neymar in Paris. “We have to accept that goal scorers sometimes miss big chances. It’s part of the game“, swept the German technician.”He missed a big opportunity at West Ham, and another here [à Madrid]. It doesn’t help, but it also doesn’t help to cry about it or regret it all the time. It’s like that. There are millions of people who have things harder to deal with than missed opportunities, so it’s the good thing about sport, no one cares about tomorrow.

The presence of his team in the last four of the C1 having arrived during the season offers Tuchel a sort of totem of immunity on his compositions and time to put Werner back in his RB Lepizig standards. “For him, it will come with a time of adaptation, when he has more confidence in himself. The good news is no one has an obligation to win the game. [face au Real Madrid] alone, we will do it together.“With or without Timo Werner’s goals.

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