‘I have no interest’: Thomas Tuchel refuses to speak about 26-year-old Chelsea player after last night’s game
Thomas Tuchel decided against commenting on Timo Werner’s performance following Chelsea’s harrowing loss to Arsenal yesterday.
As quoted by the club website, Tuchel insisted none of his players deserved personal approval after such a shocking showing at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea give up the chase
It was pretty evident from the first whistle which of the two teams wanted the three points more.
Arsenal needed to end a three-game losing streak with victory to boost their Champions League hopes.
Chelsea meanwhile appeared to be pretty content with third place, despite only being eight points ahead of the Gunners before a ball was kicked.
An all too comfortable atmosphere clouded the Blues, emphasised by Andreas Christensen’s dreadful back pass to Edouard Mendy that was pounced upon by Eddie Nketiah.
Werner quickly drew the European champions level via a deflected strike, securing his fourth goal in four games.
The 26-year-old provided a few more moments of exhilaration in the opening exchanges, but soon faded like many of his teammates.
Which is probably why Tuchel declined the chance to put his fellow countryman on a pedestal at full-time.
“I have no interest in praising or criticising individual performances after a team performance like this,” said the manager when asked to speak about Werner’s display.
Timo’s efforts were not enough
To the German’s credit, he worked throughout the evening to try and break Arsenal’s deadlock again.
It was his pressing that allowed Mason Mount to deliver a cross right onto Cesar Azpilicueta’s boot for Chelsea’s second of the evening.
This cancelled out Emile Smith Rowe’s strike just five minutes prior, ending a breathless first-half of football.
Unfortunately for the Blues, they were totally out of steam by the final whistle.
Mikel Arteta’s side scored twice more to claim capital city rights, with former Cobham academy product Nketiah doubling up for the day.
Bukayo Saka sealed the win in extra-time, dispatching a penalty that was indefensibly given away by Azpilicueta.
All Chelsea can do now is dust themselves off and quickly move on to the next huge fixture in London, a visit from West Ham United this Sunday.