'Shocked': Some Chelsea fans angry 25-year-old isn't starting vs Juve

A handful of Chelsea supporters on social media were baffled that Timo Werner had been left out of the starting XI to face Juventus this evening.

Thomas Tuchel decided not to use the speedy forward from the off in tonight’s Champions League crunch match.

The 25-year-old had started the two previous matches before this evening.

His goal against Aston Villa in the League Cup earned him a call-up to the following Premier League fixture.

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Unfortunately, Werner failed to impress on his big moment, as Chelsea lost 1-0 to Manchester City.

He will have to watch on initially from the bench as his teammates try to tackle Juve in their home stadium.

Quite a few Blues fans were mystified by Tuchel’s decision to leave out his fellow countryman.

Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:

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Aside from Werner’s exclusion, Tuchel didn’t spring too many surprises in his line-up.

He went virtually full strength at the back, with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva protecting Edouard Mendy.

In the absence of Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta expectedly moved to right-wing back.

There was some dispute at Marcos Alonso’s inclusion over Ben Chilwell.

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However, the Spaniard has been in fine form this season and is making the position his own.

Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic took up the two central midfield slots, with N’Golo Kante absent after testing positive for covid.

Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz flanked Romelu Lukaku, an attack all formed of left-footers.

Mason Mount might have started, had he still not been recovering from a knock.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.