Chelsea striker Timo Werner might be disappointed with Thomas Tuchel’s decision to pick Jorginho and Mason Mount as his designated penalty takers.
It was an unforgettable evening for Jorginho.
The 29-year-old is now back on the teamsheet and as well as penalty duties under the manager — and he did not waste his opportunity.
Without his trademark hop-skip, Jorginho struck the ball past Hugo Lloris from the spot in the first half which eventually proved enough for the visitors to claim the derby victory.
Jorginho reclaims spot-kick duties
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Tuchel said the players had been taking penalties after training sessions prior to the game.
He explained how Willy Caballero really pushed the players to take their penalties seriously and it gave the manager a clear idea “who is capable and who is not”.
“Jorginho and Mason Mount were the names we put down,” he added.
“I went to Jorginho just before the match and asked him if he feels confident if we get a penalty, and he said clearly yes.”
Werner said strikers need few penalties to reach 20+ goals
Tuchel’s faith in the Italy international certainly paid off, but Werner might not be happy about the decision.
Werner previously welcomed penalty duties under Frank Lampard who likely felt it could help the striker regain his confidence.
“Before the game, [Lampard] told me when there is a penalty I should take the penalty in this game [home fixture v Rennes],” the Germany international told Chelsea’s official website back in November.
“It was two so it was a little bit crazy but I took them and it is good goals for a striker.
“I hope I can go on like this, the scoring and also the penalty taking.
“I think when you want to score at the end [of the season] 20 or more goals, you have to take a few penalties in the season, that is the thing that gives the strikers the goals to get to the high level.”
To be fair, Werner has won joint-most penalties in the league this season (three) and but yet to take any in a league match.
Having scored just once in his last 20 appearances in all competitions, Werner is obviously desperate to end the poor goalscoring form.
But the team comes first and Tuchel felt Chelsea have a better chance of winning with Jorginho taking the spot-kicks, at least for now.