Timo Werner has been urged to ‘put his chin up’ and ‘not to cry’ by Thomas Tuchel following his glaring miss in Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final 1-1 first-leg draw with Real Madrid earlier this week.
On Tuesday, Christian Pulisic’s calmly-taken goal cemented Chelsea’s early dominance in Madrid, but Karim Benzema fired his 71st Champions League goal with an unrivalled piece of finishing.
Germany forward Werner had two gilt-edged chances to put the Premier League side firmly in the driving seat, but the Blues will still take an away goal into the second leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, May 5.
Chelsea boss Tuchel admitted the misses caused consternation on the night, but called on Werner and the rest of the Blues to shake off that feeling without delay.
“He missed a big one in West Ham, now he missed another big one here,” said Tuchel, of Werner.
“That does not help, but it also does not help to cry about it or to regret it all the time; it is like this.
“There are millions of people who have harder things to deal with than chances that you miss, so this is the good thing about sports – nobody cares tomorrow.
“We were sad, we were angry in the moment, this is normal. He was angry. He may be disappointed. Now he has a free day and the next day he has to put his chin up.
“He is a professional guy a top guy, he works hard. He is in positions and from there on we go.
“We will never stop pushing, we will never stop believing and I have the feeling that everybody accepts the situation like it is and as a striker it is easy, you score the next game and nobody speaks about it.”
Werner’s two big chances came in a first half where Chelsea made all the running and Benzema conjured his goal for himself, and almost out of nothing.
First Werner tamely sidefooted a volley at point-blank range to allow Thibaut Courtois to save, then failed to reach Pulisic’s teasing cross.
Mario Melchiot, the former Chelsea defender, says Werner can have no excuses for missing the gilt-edged chance.
“Sometimes you stand in front of a goalkeeper and he just makes a reaction and he touches it, but come on you’re a top striker,” he told talkSPORT.
“You need to grab that moment – it has to be yours. It does not matter how great the goalkeeper is.
“I was never a striker in that position all the time, but if you are my striker and you don’t score that I get upset.
“When you play for Chelsea – you made the decision to go there – they are going to expect certain things from you.”