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Sport Thomas Tuchel questions Callum Hudson-Odoi’s attitude after Chelsea’s draw at Southampton

18:43  20 february  2021
18:43  20 february  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Thomas Tuchel questioned Callum Hudson-Odoi’s attitude after subbing the 20-year-old on and off in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Southampton.

The England international was introduced at the interval against the Saints, with Tammy Abraham replaced after failing to meet his manager’s expectations, but saw his number called 14 minutes from time.

The Blues’ demanding boss says he took big decisions on the tactical front as two products of the Stamford Bridge academy system were unable to offer the right level of commitment.

What has been said?

“I am not concerned about Tammy Abraham, it was not about the injury, it was hard for him to show his quality,” Tuchel told BT Sport when asked about his decision to remove the striker at half-time.

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 Bor. Mönchengladbach - 1. FSV Mainz 05 After the shock against Southampton, Thomas Tuchel from Chelsea FC harshly criticized Callum Hudson-Odoi. Above all, the attitude of the ex-Bayern flirt is displeasing. © Provided by sport1.de Maximum penalty! Tuchel waddles Hudson-Odoi twice from This is called head washing after the maximum penalty: team manager Thomas Tuchel from Chelsea FC has criticized his offensive player Callum Hudson-Odoi unusually harshly in public.

“He could not put his stamp in this game so we changed the formation.”

The German added on the introduction and subsequent removal of a player that has been impressing for him in a right wing-back berth: “We brought in Callum Hudson-Odoi but I was not happy with his attitude, energy and counter-pressing.

“I took him off and we demand 100 per cent, I feel he is not in the right shape to help us.

“It was a hard decision but tomorrow it is forgotten and he has all possibilities to start against Atletico Madrid.

“It is always a big week so it is mixed feelings at the moment, it will not be easier to score against Atletico.”

What happened against Southampton?

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Chelsea were breached by an opposition player for the first time under Tuchel as they took in a meeting with the Saints at St Mary’s.

Tuchel criticizes Hudson-Odoi: "Not in the form to help us"

 Tuchel criticizes Hudson-Odoi: team manager Thomas Tuchel from Chelsea FC has criticized his attacking player Callum Hudson-Odoi unusually harshly in public. © Provided by sport1.de Tuchel criticizes Hudson-Odoi: "Not in the form to help us" team manager Thomas Tuchel from Chelsea FC has publicly criticized his attacking player Callum Hudson-Odoi unusually harshly. Tuchel had brought the English international to 1-1 (0-1) at FC Southampton after the break and already replaced in the 76th.

They fell behind to a clever finish from Liverpool loan star Takumi Minamino, with the Japan international racing through a gaping hole in the Blues’ back line to finish in style.

Tuchel’s side controlled possession for much of the afternoon on the south coast and finally forced a breakthrough early in the second half.

Mason Mount was felled by Danny Ings inside the area and dusted himself down to roll home from the penalty spot.

Chelsea survived the odd scare from there, as the frame of their goal was rattled, but they left with a point.

Tuchel remains unbeaten through his first six games as Blues boss as a result of the stalemate at Southampton, with positive progress being made in an ongoing bid to secure a top-four finish.

His attention is, however, about to shift to European matters and the first leg of a Champions League last-16 encounter with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday – with it interesting to see where Abraham and Hudson-Odoi figure in those plans.

Further reading

  • Chelsea settle for a point at Southampton
  • Tuchel: No decision on Giroud's Chelsea future
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