Thomas Tuchel defends Werner amid criticism over international form

Tuchel has defended Werner from criticism over his international performances.

The 25-year old striker missed an open goal that could have been the match-winner for Joachim Low’s side against North Macedonia.

Tuchel accused critics of always using Werner as a scapegoat for all of Germany’s troubles and has stopped Werner from doing extra finishing training.

Tuchel said: “First of all, it was a bad pass from Ilkay Gundogan – that’s how I see it!

“He missed a chance and now everybody is passionate to talk about it, which is a bit annoying. The truth is he did not start three times for Germany, so maybe if he has more minutes, maybe they would have scored more.

“It’s an easy solution to point the finger at Timo, which I cannot fully understand and I will not accept. I am happy that he’s back here, because here he’s protected. We demand a lot from him; we get a lot from him.

“Yes, he is in a moment where he lacks confidence. The ball simply does not work out like it usually works out. But he works hard for us.

“He scores for us, he’s doing assists, he’s winning penalties. So if this is the most critical point in your career, you can accept it and say, ‘it’s pretty impressive so far’.


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