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Thomas Tuchel says Timo “needs to keep scoring” after important West Ham victory

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Chelsea winger Timo Werner

 

Thomas Tuchel says Timo Werner ‘needs to keep scoring’ after the striker’s crucial goal ended his recent goal drought in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over West Ham united at the Wembley stadium on Saturday.

The Germany international’s finish from Ben Chilwell‘s squared cross in the first half was crucial enough to secure the top four spot, as the Blues maintained their league position of fourth and moved three points ahead of the fifth-placed Hammers.

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£47.5million summer signing Timo Werner had only scored once in 22 Premier League games. Tuchel’s side have moved three points ahead of West Ham.

‘I can’t do anything, he needs to keep scoring and catch the moment,’ said Thomas Tuchel in post match conference.

‘He is quite often involved in our goals with fouls in the penalty area or assists. But nothing helps more than a decisive goal.

‘I am very happy because I felt he was strong from the start in distributing, in dropping from the No.9 position and keeping the ball. He had good timing in the deep runs behind the lines, and was involved in many chances.

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‘So it was very, very nice that he could score. He could’ve had a second one and after that he lost a little bit of confidence and was a bit tired. ‘A good performance and I’m happy because it was a big win.’

‘It is significant because it’s so difficult to win here. I saw we were very strong in the first half, very concentrated. We had to be patient and aggressive at the same time because they invite you into their half and then can punish you with counter-attacks and set-pieces; Tuchel added

‘We didn’t allow that in the first half, closed the spaces and had good counter-pressing. We were a bit passive or too deep in the second half. We were lucky not to concede a shot from [Jesse] Lingard but it’s a big strength of ours not to concede big chances.

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The team effort is huge and after 15 minutes of the second half we got the control back in the game and had the chance to score a second goal. ‘At 1-0 it’s always tough until the end but I felt the team was very focused and strong. It’s the best way to arrive in another massive match in the Champions League. The race will go on.’

 

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