Chelsea striker, Timo Werner, has explained why he did not step up to take a penalty during Wednesday’s shoot-out win over Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup.
Werner scored the Blues’ only goal within regulation time, prompting the home supporters to sing his name.
But Villa made it 1-1 just 10 minutes later, thanks to Cameron Archer’s goal.
Both teams had to be separated by penalties, where Chelsea converted four of their five spot kicks, with Ben Chilwell the only player to miss.
Meanwhile, Ashley Young and Marvelous Nakamba both missed for Villa.
Speaking to the Chelsea Fifth Stand App, Werner said: “I feel good [hearing people sing my name]. It is good to be back on the scoresheet of course.
“We needed to keep winning and get into the next round of the Carabao Cup and we are happy with the game.
“A goal opens the game, the first half, both teams were passive and struggled with all their changes. I think when we scored in the second half we were under a lot of pressure and lost control, went to 1-1 and after that we showed a good reaction. We wanted to win in 90 minutes and were lucky to win on penalties.”
Asked why he didn’t take a penalty in the decisive shootout, Werner responded: “First of all, I had pain in my calf and couldn’t go out. When you have fit players on the pitch, it is better they shoot than I do today