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Thomas Tuchel eases pressure on Timo Werner ahead of Real Madrid clash



Chelsea winger Timo Werner


Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea boss have insisted he is “pretty relaxed” about Chelsea’s shortage of goals and defended Timo Werner.

Chelsea have undoubtedly been superb defensively since Tuchel took over as boss from ex-blues star Frank Lampard in January but have had problems at the offensive side of the pitch, where striker Werner has struggled in front of goal.

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Saturday’s 2-0 win over Fulham was the first time in six matches Chelsea had scored more than one goal.

However, the misfiring Timo Werner is in the prepared to start for Chelsea ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid.

“It’s a team effort – how we defend and how we attack – so everybody needs to step up and take responsibility for scoring and for defending” Tuchel said.

“We create enough chances to score more goals. This will come maybe with time, more experience, a bit more adaptation or self confidence.

“I’m pretty relaxed about it and trust my players no matter who starts tomorrow.

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“We do this as a team. Nobody has to do it tomorrow alone. There are many situations to solve tomorrow – we should not get distracted by thinking only about who is scoring.

“We will try to create chances and have intensity and from there we trust our guys.

“Timo himself wants to score. I think we have to accept that strikers miss chances and even big chances. This is part of the game.”

Antonio Rudiger is set to play wearing a protective mask but the injured Mateo Kovacic remains sidelined.


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