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While many of us find ourselves rolling our eyes at an international break, for some players it can be a welcome break from club football.
Take Timo Werner, for example. He may have been involved in several of Chelsea’s goals this season, but a miserable comeback of five Premier League goals in 28 games has raised questions about the future of the £ 47.5 million man at Stamford Bridge.
But don’t worry, Timo. Joachim Low clearly still had faith, named him to the Germany team for their March international matches and joined a team that had not lost a World Cup qualifying match for nearly 20 years.
Yeahhhh… about that.
Die Mannschaft kicked off their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign in his usual imperious style, recording back-to-back victories against Iceland and Romania without conceding a goal.
Their last clash against North Macedonia looked the easiest of all on paper, but with the score locked at 1-1, Low called up Werner from the bench and it was time to shine for the Chelsea man.
Then came his big moment. With ten minutes to go, Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan broke free from the North Macedonia defense. Despite being in the top scorer form of his life, the former Dortmund player raised his head and opted to take on Werner, allowing the Blues forward the simple task of locating home and handing his team all three points. .
Cue the Benny Hill theme song.
Seriously how It has Did you miss that?
It’s the kind of finale you see on a Sunday morning at the local park, when the great Dave, fresh from two hours of sleep and three pre-game tactical vomits, slowly watches what he thinks are four soccer balls rolling slowly. toward him before taking a Swipe toward the one most likely to be the actual ball.
In fairness to Werner, he mastered the art of looking disappointed after making a mistake; God knows he had enough practice.
The way you squat with your head down is absolutely a textbook. Then showing the composure to hold your posture for a good few seconds to avoid the gaze of your manager and teammates is absolutely stunning. If you can’t see them, they’re not there, we all know Timo.
To make matters worse, North Macedonia scored a winning goal in the 85th minute as Germany suffered defeat in a World Cup qualifier for the first time since England’s 5-1 victory in Munich in September 2001.
When asked about the shocking post-match failure, Germany’s boss Low replied: “Timo usually has to do that,” the German media reported. Kicker.
We’re not even sure what that means, but to think He is upset.