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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has compared Timo Werner’s struggle to recapture his goalscoring form to a romantic pursuit after his horror miss in Germany’s 2-1 defeat to North Macedonia.
“If a woman doesn’t want to go out with you, you cannot force her. Step back and maybe she will call you,” Tuchel said as quoted by Daily Mail.
“It was a bad pass from Ilkay Gundogan is how I see it! I’m only joking. He missed that chance and everybody is passionate to talk about it which is a bit annoying.
“It’s easy at the moment to point the finger at Timo, which I can’t understand. I am happy he is back here.
“To look at it honestly, he is in a moment where he lacks confidence and things aren’t too easy. The goals are not working out as usual but he works out for us.
“He still scores for us, still assists for us, still wins penalties. If this is the most critical point of his career you can say it’s still pretty impressive so far.
“Timo has scored since he was five years old and he never stopped. So he can trust his brain and body, it will come back. That’s easier said than done.
“Yesterday I sent him in from training because he wanted to do extra finishing with us. But I sent him in because it will come. The goals will come.
“Of course, he needs to do something and the best thing to do is to work hard. Work hard against the ball, make runs, don’t hesitate, be fearless, don’t overthink it.
“That’s easy for me to say but it’s the challenge right now. Timo will start tomorrow and there we go.”