EPL

Tuchel: End of Premier League goal drought will give Werner 'last percentage of belief'

By Sports Desk February 15, 2021

Thomas Tuchel believes Timo Werner's goal against Newcastle United will give the Chelsea striker the "last percentage of belief".

Werner ended his wait for a first Premier League goal since the November 7 win over Sheffield United, scoring Chelsea's second in a routine 2-0 win.

The former RB Leipzig forward had set up the opener for Olivier Giroud and doubled the lead by scoring for the first time in 1,000 minutes and after a run of 31 unsuccessful attempts.

"For the strikers, the last percentage of belief comes from goals," Tuchel told a media conference. 

"He worked very hard, he was very decisive. Again today with an assist and a goal, this is a super, super point for him."

Tuchel, though, believed Chelsea were not ruthless enough in the box, pointing to that as a key area for improvement with fixtures against Atletico Madrid and Manchester United on the horizon.

He told Sky Sports: "I liked the first half where we played with courage and had a lot of touches in the box and lots of shots, 12 to three and kept them away from our box and did not allow any chances.

"During the whole match we lacked precision in the box and the decision-making can be more deadly, more precise and decisive to create more from our half chances."

The win moves Chelsea into the top four, with Werner eager to keep the focus on the team rather than the end of his miserable run in front of goal.

"First half was really good from us, we played very good football," said Werner to Sky Sports. "Happy that I scored finally and there's still a long way to go but if we keep going like this it will be a good end for us.

"As a striker you always want to score, the last month was hard, I was not happy with not scoring. But it's a team sport, when we win everything is good. Helping my team with assists and glad I scored today.

"For a striker it's worse when you can't get in the right situations and have the chances. I've had a lot of chances which I've missed, my team brought me a lot of situations where I could score today, when I keep going the goals will come like today and the assists as well."

Related items

  • Bayern Munich 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen: Flick's men within touching distance of Bundesliga glory Bayern Munich 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen: Flick's men within touching distance of Bundesliga glory

    Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Joshua Kimmich gave Bayern Munich a 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen and put them on the brink of a ninth consecutive Bundesliga title.

    RB Leipzig's shock 2-1 defeat at relegation-threatened Cologne earlier on Tuesday gave Hansi Flick's side the opportunity to go 10 points clear with four matches remaining.

    They did so with the minimum of fuss after Choupo-Moting – again deputising for the injury Robert Lewandowski – opened the scoring in the seventh minute.

    A superb second from Kimmich made a response from Leverkusen deeply unlikely, as their struggles during the second half of this season were again laid bare at the Allianz Arena. Hannes Wolf's side are seven points behind four-placed Wolfsburg having played a game more.

    Former Schalke and Stoke City forward Choupo-Moting has been much maligned during his stints at Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern, but the striker now has four goals in his past five appearances and smashed home from close range via a deflection off Sven Bender after Thomas Muller's effort was saved.

    Once again, Kimmich oozed class in midfield and Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky had no chance when the Germany international let fly form the edge of the box in the 13th minute.

    Patrik Schick darted in behind Bayern's high line but could only entertain Manuel Neuer with a routine save, while Hradecky fumbled at the other end when Kimmich tried his luck again.

    Leverkusen's number one sharply denied David Alaba before the break but Choupo-Moting rolled a clever finish past him in the 65th minute, only to be denied by a marginal offside call.

    Leroy Sane, introduced from the bench with a point to prove, lashed over with 20 minutes remaining.

    Another flying winger, Leon Bailey, almost helped to bring Leverkusen back into the contest when his cross was hit into the turf and against the crossbar by substitute Karim Bellarabi.

    That prompted something approaching a rally from the visitors, although not one to sufficiently discomfort Bayern as they cantered towards the finish line and another domestic title.

  • European Super League: Sports lawyer expects club to resurrect crumbling plans in three years European Super League: Sports lawyer expects club to resurrect crumbling plans in three years

    European Super League clubs will attempt to resurrect their crumbling plans for a breakaway competition in a few years, a leading sports lawyer has suggested.

    European football was rocked to its core on Sunday following the announcement of a long-feared Super League by a group of leading clubs.

    The Premier League's so-called "big six" were named as founding clubs of the Super League along with Milan, Inter, Juventus, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, whose president – Florentino Perez – was set to head up the new competition as chairman.

    UEFA's response to the initial rumours on Sunday – which were followed by an official announcement from the 12 clubs later in the day – reiterated a previous threat to kick those involved out of other competitions, such as their domestic leagues and the Champions League.

    A UEFA executive, Jan Moller, then went a step further on Monday after Europe's governing body had announced a revamped Champions League, saying he expected Madrid, Chelsea and City to be booted out of the continent's elite tournament this week ahead of their semi-finals.

    Media reports on Tuesday claimed several clubs – including Chelsea and Manchester City – have pulled out, but Richard Cramer, managing director of the sports law firm Front Row Legal, suspects there could be another attempt a few years down the line in spite of the backlash.

    Speaking to Stats Perform News, Cramer said: "Even if they put it to bed now, it's going to come up again in another three years, perhaps when maybe the TV income has plateaued out and the clubs aren't seeing an improvement on that.

    "Is the European Super League, whether it's a replacement for the Champions League, or even a standalone competition equivalent to a domestic competition, is that going to be more exciting for the fans going forward and for the TV companies?"

    "It's not the first time it's been floated around. And I think if you look back at previous kinds of false dawns, what it's tended to do is sort of shake up UEFA to say, 'Well, in order to avert the threat of the European Super League breakaway' – and that's always this kind of phraseology that's used – 'we want you to make the Champions League richer, and we want more money out of it'."

    Reports on Tuesday have also suggested Manchester United chief Ed Woodward and Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli have resigned following their respective roles in the attempted launch of the Super League.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Ed Woodward to leave Man Utd BREAKING NEWS: Ed Woodward to leave Man Utd

    Ed Woodward is to leave his role as executive vice-chairman of Manchester United, Stats Perform News understands.

    The news came amid widespread speculation a planned European Super League is set to collapse.

    Woodward was reportedly one of the driving forces behind the planned 12-team breakaway, which was announced on Sunday.

    The proposals proved hugely unpopular and drew widespread criticism from fans, pundits and players – including United's own Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw – along with managers and politicians, with UEFA promising harsh sanctions for the clubs involved.

    It is understood the 49-year-old Woodward was already set to leave the club at the end of 2021 and that he will continue to fulfil his duties until then.

    Woodward's departure is said to be an amicable one and not related to the European Super League.

    Often a decisive figure with United's fanbase, Woodward effectively acted as the club's chief executive, having previously advised the Glazer family during their takeover at Old Trafford in 2005.

    Woodward took on a commercial role at the club two years later, before being appointed as an executive vice-chairman in 2012, following David Gill's retirement. 

    Though he helped secure big-money signings such as Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, Woodward's running of United has drawn much criticism.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.