Thomas Tuchel’s ‘self-pity’ message to Timo Werner after Chelsea win over Liverpool

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel fired a message to Timo Werner after the striker again drew a blank in his side’s Premier League victory over Liverpool. Tuchel told Werner ‘I don’t allow self-pity’ after the striker’s frustration continued thanks to a marginal offside call against Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Aided by Liverpool’s high line, Werner had the ball in the net in the first half but it was ruled out after a VAR check, with the striker no more than an inch offside.

He should have scored earlier than that as well, when he sprung the Liverpool backline only to see his shot caught by Alisson as he attempted to lift the ball over the Reds keeper.

Mason Mount eventually gave Chelsea the lead minutes before half-time after being found in space by a long ball from N’Golo Kante, before evading Fabinho and firing home.

But Werner’s blank means he has still scored just one goal in his last 18 Premier League games – although Tuchel reassured his countryman that he was “not counting the minutes”.

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“I demand 100% in every training, I don’t allow self-pity,” said Tuchel after a win that lifted Chelsea into fourth place and dropped Liverpool to seventh.

“Timo is full of talent and plays for one of the best clubs in the world, in one of the best leagues in the world. So there is no need for him to worry too much.

“So if he puts in the effort, puts himself in a state of mind to play on the highest level. We are not counting the minutes [to goals] and for me and my approach it is not an issue.”

While Werner didn’t get in the scoresheet, Tuchel’s approach of utilising the long ball to release his speedy attackers behind did pay dividends.


He said: “We needed to show courage if we wanted to escape the pressure and we did this excellently.

“We were strong in our transition game, we were strong in defending and winning second balls and counter-pressing. It was a very, very good team performance.”

And former Chelsea star Ashley Cole pinpointed the importance of Werner’s runs to Mount finding the back of the net.

“We spoke about Werner coming short attracting players, leaving Mason to make that run in behind,” the Sky Sports pundit said in his half-time analysis.

After the break, Chelsea continued to enjoy success against Liverpool’s high defensive line, with Liverpool failing to adjust.

The win was just Tuchel’s third against Klopp since he succeeded his compatriot as Mainz manager in 2009.

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