Chelsea grabbed a potentially vital away goal in the draw with Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid side in the semi-final first-leg tie, however, they could have taken a lead to Stamford Bridge had they been more clinical with their chances in the first half.
As Timo Werner squandered the best of those openings with 10 minutes gone, failing to beat Thibaut Courtois from six yards out after the chance had been put on a plate for him by Christian Pulisic.
Although Werner had scored his first Premier League goal since mid-February against West Ham on Saturday in the 1-0 victory but did also miss with the goal gaping from a rebound.
Tuchel admitted Werner’s inability not to take what he called “big chances” is becoming a frustration.
“He missed a big one at West Ham and now he’s missed a big one here, that does not help,” he said. But it doesn’t help crying about it or regretting it all the time.
“There are millions of people who have harder things to deal with than chances that you miss. So the good thing about sport is that no one cares tomorrow, today we were sad and angry in the moment – this is normal. He is sad, he is angry and disappointed.
“Tomorrow he has a free day and the next day he must put his chin up. He’s a top guy, a professional guy. He works hard. He’s in the positions. He will not stop believing. Everyone accepts the situation like it is. With strikers, if you score the next game, nobody speaks.”
Tuchel added: “I don’t feel we are pointing fingers but of course the strikers want to score, to do it for themselves and the team. This is the highest level and when you have a good half an hour like we did with so many chances and half chances, then yes we’d wish for more composure and more precision in the decision making and finishing. The challenge was not to worry about that and to not regret too long. We did that in the second half by defending very well.”