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Frank Lampard reveals why Timo Werner didn’t take a penalty in shootout against Spurs


Timo Werner scored his first goal for the club in the defeat to Spurs (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed Timo Werner was unable to take a penalty in the Blues’ penalty shootout defeat against Tottenham because of cramp.

The German scored his first goal for the club to put his side ahead in the first half at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium but Erik Lamela scored late on to take the game to a shootout.

Werner had been expected to take a spot-kick but the former RB Leipzig forward was suffering from cramp in the final minutes.

Lampard asked Werner if he wanted to take a penalty but the German declined the offer, fearing he could worsen his pain.

Spurs are through to the quarter-finals (Picture: Getty)

‘We spoke to the players,’ said Lampard afterwards.

‘You work on penalties and try and have a plan but it’s very difficult to know.

‘Timo had some cramp at the end and Timo would have probably taken one so we had to adjust around that.’

All nine penalties were scored before Mason Mount stepped up with Spurs holding a 5-4 advantage but the midfielder saw his effort hit the outside of the post to knock Chelsea out.

It’s likely that Werner would have taken the spot of either Mount or Emerson Palmieri, who was at fault for Lamela’s equaliser.

Tottenham must wait until Thursday to find out their opponents for the quarter-finals.

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