Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he had to send Timo Werner back in from training because the striker wanted to take some extra sessions to improve his finishing.

The 25-year-old has come under heavy criticism following his costly error in Germany’s embarrassing 2-1 defeat to North Macedonia on Wednesday.

Werner headed back to London and did not wait to join in with the training session on Thursday.

Apparently, the Germany international wanted to work on his finishing right away, but Tuchel did not allow him.

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“Yesterday I sent him in from training because he wanted to do extra finishing with us,” Tuchel said in his press conference on Friday (via Hayters TV).

“I said [to Werner], ‘You don’t need that. Your body and your brain know how to score, you did it since you were six years old. So don’t worry, it will come.’

“Of course, he needs to do something and the best thing to do is to work hard.

“Work hard against the ball, make runs, don’t hesitate, be fearless, don’t overthink it.

“That’s easy for me to say, but it’s the challenge right now for him.

“This is how I see it, and Timo will start tomorrow, so there we go.”

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Chronicle view

This is a very positive reaction from both Werner and Tuchel given the situation.

Instead of dwelling on criticism, Werner showed a desire to improve, while Tuchel’s decision to start him will only help boost the forward’s confidence.

Werner also had plenty of rest during the international break since he did not start in any of the three Germany’s World Cup qualifying games.

Hopefully, he can score tomorrow, and put the disappointment behind him.

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