Thomas Tuchel refused to let Timo Werner work on his finishing despite his apparent lack of confidence in front of goal.
The Chelsea frontman has shown signs of improvement in recent months, but his goal tally is much lower than expected.
His struggles continued on the international scene as he missed a howler for Germany in their loss to North Macedonia.
Joachim Low didn’t shy away from criticising his miss and Tuchel has taken an unusual measure.
Werner was looking to rectify his lack of form in training, but his boss instead told him to do otherwise.
“He misses the chance and everybody is passionate to talk about it, which is a bit annoying,” Tuchel said.
“It’s easy to point the finger to Timo, which I will not accept. I am happy he is back here because here he is protected.
“This guy scores since he’s five years old. It’s not the moment to even train extra. Yesterday I sent him in from training because he wanted to do some finishing with us. I said: ‘You don’t need that, your body and your brain knows how to score.’
“If a woman does not want to go out for dinner with you, you cannot force her.
“You can just step a little bit back, then maybe she will call you up. The goals will come.”
Werner has scored 10 times in all competitions since his summer move from RB Leipzig.
The German’s last Premier League goal came back in February but he retains the faith of his manager.
Tuchel has three strikers at his disposal at Stamford Bridge and it is Tammy Abraham who has struggled since his arrival.
The young Englishman, who has scored 12 times this term, has missed out on several matchday squads.