Tuchel questions Hudson-Odoi’s attitude after intermittently replacing him in Chelsea draw at Southampton
The Blues boss featured a highly rated youngster at halftime against the Saints, before then replacing him with 14 minutes remaining
Thomas Tuchel has questioned Callum Hudson-Odoi’s attitude after replacing the 20-year-old on and off in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Southampton.
The England international was introduced at the break against the Saints, with Tammy Abraham replaced after failing to meet his manager’s expectations but saw his number called at 14 minutes per hour.
The demanding Blues boss says he made big decisions on the tactical front as two products from the Stamford Bridge academy system were unable to deliver the right level of engagement.
What was said?
“I’m not worried about Tammy Abraham, it wasn’t the injury, it was difficult for him to show his quality,” said Tuchel. BT Sport asked about his decision to withdraw the striker at half-time.
“He couldn’t put his mark in this game so we changed the roster.”
The German added on the introduction and subsequent deletion of a player who impressed him in a right-winger position: “We brought in Callum Hudson-Odoi but I was not happy with his attitude, his energy and his counterpressure.
“I took him off and we demand 100%, I think he’s not in good shape to help us.
“It was a difficult decision but tomorrow is forgotten and he has all the possibilities to start against Atletico Madrid.
“It’s still a big week so feelings are mixed right now, it won’t be easier to score against Atletico.”
What happened against Southampton?
Chelsea were first raped by an opposition player under Tuchel as they attended a meeting with the Saints at St Mary’s.
They fell behind on a smart finish from Liverpool loan star Takumi Minamino, with the Japan international breaking through a gaping hole in the Blues’ backline to finish in style.
Tuchel’s side controlled possession for much of the afternoon on the South Coast and eventually forced a breakthrough early in the second half.
Mason Mount was shot down by Danny Ings inside the box and dusted himself off to go home from the penalty spot.
Chelsea survived the odd scare from there as the frame of their goal rocked, but they came away with a point.
Tuchel remains undefeated in his first six games as Blues boss following the stalemate at Southampton, with positive progress being made in a continued attempt to secure a top-four spot.
His attention is however set to turn to European issues and the first leg of a Champions League round of 16 meeting with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday – it’s interesting to see where Abraham and Hudson-Odoi feature in these plans.