The Germany international was a surprising omission in Chelsea’s starting line-up, but was still fit enough to take his place among the substitutes.
Werner’s compatriot, Kai Havertz, missed out altogether after sustaining a hamstring injury in practice, meaning Romelu Lukaku was in charge until Ruben Loftus-Cheek was forced into emergency action in extra time as an extra striker.
LuKaku had endured a difficult afternoon and was easily restrained by Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate, who prevented the signing of Chelsea’s club record from having a telling impact.
Tuchel would no doubt have preferred to propose to Werner at some point, but revealed that the former RB Leipzig attacker had informed him that he was unable to participate.
He said: ‘Timo was injured and uncomfortable during the warm-up and said he couldn’t play.’
The defeat was especially painful for Chelsea, as it reflected the heartache they had suffered against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final earlier this season.
Still, Tuchel was hesitant to write off a campaign in which European Supercup and Club World Cup victories were deemed a failure.
He added: ‘Just like in the last final, the Carabao Cup, no regrets. I told the team I was proud.
“We have everything we need to win trophies, we have proven that. We have a Club World Cup and a European Super Cup and I don’t regret that it was at the beginning of the season and in the winter.
“We had a lot of players outside and N’Golo with one training session and Mateo playing with an ankle that I didn’t know was possible to fit in a shoe.”
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