Werner’s winner gave Chelsea a boost in their top-four hopes (Picture: Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel says Timo Werner ‘needs to keep scoring’ after the striker’s vital winner ended his recent goal drought in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday.

The Germany international’s finish from Ben Chilwell’s cross in the first half was crucial in the race for the top four, as the Blues maintained their league position of fourth and moved three points ahead of the fifth-placed Hammers.

Going into the game, £47.5million summer signing Werner had only scored once in 22 Premier League games, and he could’ve had another as he poked wide a gilt-edged chance from close proximity early in the second period.

Tuchel’s side have moved three points ahead of West Ham (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I can’t do anything, he needs to keep scoring and catch the moment,’ said the German boss of Werner and his recent goal drought in his post-match press conference.

‘He is quite often involved in our goals with fouls in the penalty area or assists. But nothing helps more than a decisive goal.

‘I am very happy because I felt he was strong from the start in distributing, in dropping from the No.9 position and keeping the ball. He had good timing in the deep runs behind the lines, and was involved in many chances.

‘So it was very, very nice that he could score. He could’ve had a second one and after that he lost a little bit of confidence and was a bit tired.

‘A good performance and I’m happy because it was a big win.’

On the importance of the victory, Tuchel added: ‘It is significant because it’s so difficult to win here. I saw we were very strong in the first half, very concentrated. We had to be patient and aggressive at the same time because they invite you into their half and then can punish you with counter-attacks and set-pieces.

‘We didn’t allow that in the first half, closed the spaces and had good counter-pressing. We were a bit passive or too deep in the second half. We were lucky not to concede a shot from [Jesse] Lingard but it’s a big strength of ours not to concede big chances. The team effort is huge and after 15 minutes of the second half we got the control back in the game and had the chance to score a second goal.

‘At 1-0 it’s always tough until the end but I felt the team was very focused and strong. It’s the best way to arrive in another massive match in the Champions League. The race will go on.’


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