Thomas Tuchel has told Timo Werner “not to worry too much” about his goalscoring form after the German drew another blank in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield.
It was by the thinnest of margins that Werner didn’t find the net against the reigning Premier League champions on Thursday night when his first half goal was ruled out by VAR having looked to have beaten the offside trap, rounded Alisson and slotted home.
But technology denied Werner but no more than an inch as another tedious VAR debate enraged once again about how the current laws are being applied in the game and almost ruining football as a spectacle.
Werner should have scored earlier than that as well when he once again sprung the Liverpool backline only to produce a dolly of an effort as he attempted to loft the ball over Alisson, only succeeding in finding the hands of the Reds keeper.
The German summer signing has scored just one in his last 18 Premier League games, that came against Newcastle last month in a victory at Stamford Bridge, but the difference in his game to when Fran k Lampard was in charge to now is wide.
Werner was aided by Liverpool’s high defensive line so it was no surprise to him selected ahead of Olivier Giroud for the match on Merseyside.
Like Lampard, Tuchel has been quick to defend Werner, who arrived for £47million from RB Leipzig last year, but his lack of goals since November 2020 have been a big concern not just to Blues fans but to the player himself.
After another energetic performance without a goal for Werner, Tuchel was asked about his fellow countryman’s form after Chelsea won at Anfield for the first time in the League since 2014 and condemned the Reds to a fifth straight home defeat.
“I demand 100% in every training, I don’t allow self-pity,” Tuchel said.
“Timo is full of talent and plays for one of the best clubs in the world, in one of the best leagues in the world. So there is no need for him to worry too much.
“So if he puts in the effort, puts himself in a state of mind to play on the highest level. We are not counting the minutes [to goals] and for me and my approach it is not an issue.