Fans and even critics of the 25-year-old German striker were surprised that coach Thomas Tuchel did not select him as one of the club’s penalty takers during the cup game.
Recall that Aston Villa visited Stamford Bridge to play the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. Tuchel decided to make 10 changes to the squad that beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 on Sunday, September 19.
Hence, it was difficult for the team to cope against Aston Villa especially in the first half. However, the team was able to bounce back in the second half thanks to Timo Werner’s 54th-minute goal.
Timo Werner finds some space and heads it home! 💥 pic.twitter.com/EniA2KC8n8— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 22, 2021
Unfortunately for the home team, the lead did not last for too long as Aston Villa’s Cameron Archer scored the equalizer in the 64th minute.
Afterward, both sides could not break each other’s defense. Hence, the cup game ended 1-1 and it was decided via a penalty shoot-out.
Before then, coach Tuchel had introduced Romelu Lukaku in the 76th minute, Mason Mount in the 46th minute, and Ross Barkley in the 76th minute.
To the dismay of many, the coach did not include Timo Werner as a penalty taker despite being the club’s goalscorer during the game.
Instead, the German tactician selected Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount, Ross Barkley, Reece James, and Ben Chilwell to take the spot kicks for Chelsea. All the Chelsea players converted their spot-kicks except Chilwell.
As for Aston Villa, the visitors missed two out of their five kicks, thanks to Ashley Young and Marvelous Nakamba.
At the end of the day, Chelsea beat Aston Villa 4:3 on penalties to progress to the next round of the Carabao Cup.
While explaining to Chelsea broadcast production why he was not part of the penalty takers, Timo Werner said: “I had some pain in my calf but with only three substitutes, I couldn’t go off.
“But when you have fit players on the pitch, it’s better they shoot than me today.”
Chelsea’s next game is a Premier League game against the reigning Premier League champions, Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. The game will kick off at 12:30 on Saturday, September 25, 2021.