Werner and Abraham were on the bench during the Crystal Palace win. However, in their absence, Kai Havertz shone as a No.9, scoring and providing an assist. The German manager has gone to warn that Werner and Abraham have to prove they deserve their place on the pitch.
“Now is the time to fight for your place. If you have a place in the squad, now is the time to fight for your place on the pitch,” Thomas Tuchel said after the Crystal Palace game in what appears to be a message for Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham.
“If you are on the pitch, now is the time to fight to stay there. This is the moment, this isn’t the moment for big changes.
“We didn’t make a lot of changes because we are in a race for the top four and we don’t judge games as more important.
“We go step-by-step and that’s easier to say than do but I felt we were absolutely focused and that’s what we demand.”
Meanwhile, both Werner and Abraham were unused substitutes in the Palace win, with Abraham not appearing since February 20. Werner, on the other hand, is yet to find the net for the first time in almost two months.
Moreover, Kai Havertz shone in a No.9 role in the strikers’ absence but we can’t even say it was a particularly false one. The German looked bright throughout the game as he opened the scoring while assisting Chelsea’s second.