Paul Merson advises Tuchel to bench Timo Werner for Champions League final against Manchester City

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Timo Werner may not have scored enough goals this season, but his contribution to the team’s success has been tremendous.

Werner scored the opener in Wednesday’s clash against Real Madrid, raising his goal contribution to 22 goals.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has often hailed the impact of Werner, and has decided against starting Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud in recent months.

Meanwhile, Paul Merson has now urged Tuchel to drop Werner for the final against Manchester City and start Christian Pulisic ahead of him. Merson believes Werner tends to miss a lot of chances, and it could be dangerous in the final.

“Timo Werner scored a big goal for Chelsea against Real Madrid. But he shouldn’t play in the Champions League final,” Merson told Starsport.

“Christian Pulisic should start against Manchester City – because he is a better finisher.

“I’d be shocked if Pulisic doesn’t play. He can beat two or three players and he’s better in front of goal than Werner.

“I would play him against City this weekend and see how it goes. You won’t get 10 shots a game against City, so you have to play your best finishers.”

He added: “Werner did well against Real Madrid. He’s a handful and he just keeps going and going. But Pulisic was unlucky not to play after scoring in the first leg, and when he came on he made a big difference.

“What he did to set up Mason Mount for the killer goal, checking his run and cutting it back, I don’t see Werner doing that in a month of Sundays.

“He doesn’t have that kind of composure. He would have smashed it across goal, probably without even looking, and the chance would have gone.”

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