Tuchel explains why he had to quickly sub off Werner and Kai Havertz

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It wasn’t a good night for German duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Wednesday night.

Chelsea did well to secure a 2-0 victory over Porto in the first leg of our Champions League quarter-final clash, but the two players were missing in action almost all through the game, and Kai Havertz also missed a glaring opportunity.

Unsurprisingly, the German duo were the first to be subbed off, as Thomas Tuchel introduced Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic shortly after the restart.

Explaining why he had to make the decision, Tuchel admitted: “I accepted it Timo and Kai didn’t have their best day. We lost the connection between the seven and the front three. The balls we delivered weren’t the best balls.

“Our two German players, Kai and Timo, didn’t play at their highest level today so I wanted to have an impact from the bench. Christian has had a good momentum and Oli had good memories of the stadium.

“I am happy with the impact by our substitutes. It’s important we have this bond between the players and impact from the bench. We are super happy. The job is half done and we are aware we need another top performance on Tuesday.”

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