Thomas Tuchel tells Timo Werner to ‘shut up and get ready’ after Chelsea win
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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has told Timo Werner to ‘shut up and get ready’ for the Blues’ final Premier League against Aston Villa on Sunday as they aim to secure Champions League qualification. Tuchel’s side beat Leicester City 2-1 on Tuesday evening to move into third place but a top four finish is not yet secure and Tuchel wants to ensure his team remain focused on getting the job done.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, he was asked about the performance of Werner, who had two goals disallowed by VAR.
“It’s his job to be involved in everything and he needs to be involved on Sunday,” Tuchel said.
“There is no time now for extra praise, it’s time to enjoy and then shut up.
“Enjoy your free day and be ready for Aston Villa and nothing else.
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“I don’t feel comfortable celebrating now – for what? I’m not worried, I just say what’s needed.”
Tuchel reiterated this message in his post-match press conference, saying: “It felt like a huge effort and a top performance.
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s a big step but it’s only a step, it’s not done yet.
“We have to get over the line on Sunday.
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“It was a team effort full of intensity, full of hunger and ambition. We played many, many minutes with a lot of quality.
“It was in my opinion a well-deserved win but it’s not the time for praise and celebration. It’s not the time about philosophy and whether this is more than three points.
“There’s another game to catch on Sunday we’ll be prepared and aware to finish the job.”
Tuchel was also delighted to welcome fans back to Stamford Bridge, adding: “It was a completely different match. Football with spectators and without spectators, you can’t compare.
“It was amazing and I said to your colleagues it’s exactly what we want. We want everybody happy that comes to the stadium and feels the energy from the team. This is what this team can deliver.
“I strongly believe that as a supporter, you come for energy in the stadium, not just fancy moves, goals and outstanding individual performances.
“You come to feel the energy and it has to be easy to support, you want the spectators on the front foot and you want to excite them. This team is doing this. They have hunger and ambition and leave everything
“Sometimes we struggle with decisions and we don’t reward ourselves but this team is always on the edge of work-rate and what they give. This is very important and makes the spectators happy. They push us and it was a huge, huge boost.”
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