Thomas Tuchel revealed the three traits he demanded from the Chelsea fringe gamers he “trusts”, whereas Timo Werner defined why he didn’t take a spot-kick within the penalty shoot-out.
Chelsea edged previous Aston Villa by way of a penalty shoot-out to advance to the fourth spherical of the EFL Cup. Timo Werner put the Blues in entrance after latching on to a chic Reece James cross.
Villa pulled stage by younger ahead Cameron Archer, however neither facet might internet once more because the dreaded penalties loomed.
Ben Chilwell struck the bar with the Blues’ fourth penalty to see an opportunity at progressing go begging. That handed the buck to James, who saved his composure when slotting the ball into the highest nook to place Chelsea by 4-3 on penalties.
Their reward is a fourth spherical contest with Southampton at Stamford Bridge.
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Talking after the match (by way of Soccer London), Tuchel mentioned: “Two days [is how long we worked with the team]. We knew after the Tottenham recreation who we needed to get 90 minutes into the legs of.
“So two days and we labored on the identical ideas. It was the identical construction so we don’t make it too sophisticated or unfair [on the players]. We belief them anyway.
“Lots of them can play towards Metropolis or Juventus and it was vital they get aggressive minutes of their legs.
“What we demanded was depth, power, perspective, to strive their best.
“Perhaps we didn’t anticipate probably the most fluid and exact attacking recreation from the beginning nevertheless it obtained higher and higher as a result of the blokes did effectively on this and it’s an ideal night.”
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Werner explains shoot-out absence
Werner was not chosen to take one in all Chelsea’s first 5 spot-kicks within the shootout. That got here as considerably of a shock with defenders Ben Chilwell and Reece James chosen as a substitute.
However talking after the competition, Werner defined an damage concern was behind his absence from the quintet.
“I had some ache in my calf however with solely three substitutes, I couldn’t go off,” mentioned the German.
“However when you’ve match gamers on the pitch, it’s higher they shoot than me immediately.”
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