Former Germany coach reveals why Tuchel should keep playing misfiring Timo Werner

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Timo Werner missing a big chance has become a normal theme attached with the German striker this year.

Werner has often missed big chances this season, and after missing an open net against West Ham, Werner played a tame effort when found alone on goal with Thibaut Courtois, in the Champions League clash against Real Madrid on Tuesday.

There have been calls for Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel to drop Werner for upcoming games, but former Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann has urged Tuchel to keep playing his countryman.

Klinsmann believes Werner is a top player, and can produce the good at any time for Chelsea, whether in the second leg or if Chelsea make it to the final.

“I have total trust in him because he knows where to be in the right time and right now, here and there, he misses one in that specific moment,” Klinsmann told ESPN FC.

“That’s something to deal with for a striker and you have to kind of just think about the next opportunity that comes along. You know, Michael Jordan said he missed more shots than he scored. And for Timo Werner it’s just like if you fail in moments it makes you only stronger.

“The kid is good. The kid has a tremendous amount of drive and talent and he knows where the ball will fall in the box and he can also make things happen himself with his speed and going at people, so I totally have trust in Timo Werner.

“He will go through that stage and who knows, maybe he will score in the next game in the second leg or in the final of the Champions League. He was very young when he was 21 winning the Golden Boot at the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017. He scored almost 100 goals in the German Bundesliga and he’s only 25.

“The kid is good and the kid will prove it, but obviously he has to deal with the criticism when you miss a big chance, it’s just normal, like goalkeepers do as well when they make a mistake we are all over them. But I hope he gets plenty of opportunities going forward.”

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