Thomas Tuchel did not like the entry into play of Callum Hudson-Odoi on Saturday at Southampton (1-1).
So far, everything was going for the best for Thomas Tuchel. After a 0-0 against Wolverhampton the day after his arrival, the German manager had chained five straight wins with Chelsea, until this small stop on Saturday on the lawn of Southampton (1-1). During this meeting, Tuchel brought in Callum Hudson-Odoi at the break. And he then took him out, less than a quarter of an hour from the end, without the young England international being injured.
⏰ 80 ‘On the way out, Hudson-Odoi hit a bottle of water. The change appears to be tactical on Tuchel’s part. #LiveChelseaFrance #SOUCHE
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“I was not satisfied with his attitude, his energy and his counter-pressing,” Tuchel explained on BT Sport. “I took him out, we demand 100% of our players, and I felt he did was not in shape to help us. “
Hudson-Odoi had a good start with Tuchel
This is Tuchel’s first rant towards one of his players. And it comes across something that seemed to be one of the big winners in the change of coach at Chelsea. Little used by Frank Lampard, Hudson-Odoi had indeed started the first five matches of the Tuchel era, either in right piston, or in attacking medium. But the former PSG coach has not lost confidence in him.
“It was a difficult decision but tomorrow everything will be forgotten, and he has all the possibilities to start against Atletico Madrid (in the Champions League on Tuesday), assured Tuchel. Everyone should understand that I am making decisions to win games and there is no problem with him making mistakes and playing a bad game, but we cannot run out of energy, even 10% or 5%. He knows what I’m asking of him and when he doesn’t reach that level it’s a tough decision. “
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