Timo Werner and Kai Havertz were chastised by Thomas Tuchel after failing to make an impression in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Man United.
Havertz and Werner both started the game, but with 20 minutes remaining, they were substituted by Romelu Lukaku and Christian Pulisic.
Tuchel expressed his disappointment when asked about his team’s performance after the game since his team failed to win all three points. ‘Yeah, we had a lot of chances, and I think two of them didn’t achieve their optimum performance today,’ he told Sky Sports. If they did, we’ll have a winner.’
‘That’s all there is to it, but there’s no need to point fingers.’ We had plenty of half-chances to score today.’ Havertz, in particular, was wasteful in front of the goal, failing to capitalize on three opportunities during the game.
‘He has to fight back into form,’ Tuchel remarked. ‘It’s similar to this. Hopefully, he reacts in some way. The attackers are still young, and we won’t start pointing fingers just yet since they’ve been very, very composed and efficient in front of goal recently.’
‘We took our chances extremely effectively and very accurately against Southampton and in the win [against Real Madrid] at the Bernabeu.’
‘It’s similar to this. When we look at the statistics and consider who plays and who doesn’t, we see Kai and Timo putting in a lot of effort and sprints (Werner).
‘As a result, they don’t arrive totally, fully fresh in these matches at the moment, and that’s why we’ll constantly protect them because we play a team game and we expect a lot off the ball in order to have high recoveries.’ But he had a shape and form in the last few weeks that he would’ve put this game to rest for us.’
Havertz has now gone three games without scoring in the Premier League after scoring five in his previous three.
Werner, on the other hand, has failed to score in his last two league games after scoring in his previous two, including their 3-2 victory over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.