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Thomas Tuchel has slammed Callum Hudson-Odoi after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Southampton.
Takumi Minamino’s goal and Mason Mount’s penalty strike handed equal one point to both teams.
Hudson-Odoi was replaced at half-time in place of Tammy Abraham to join up with Mount and Timo Werner upfront but after just 30 minutes on the pitch he was substituted himself.
After the game, Tuchel explained his decision:
“In a game when it is hard to create chances you need to rely on counter-pressing to force errors and get the second ball and get an easy chance.
“For that you need to be totally on and totally sharp for counter-pressing and I did not feel that from Callum today. He missed some opportunities for counter-pressing, he lost some easy balls. I had the feeling he was never really into the game.
“You know I trust him a lot because he plays every game. Today I was close to him and maybe it was even unfair but I didn’t get the feeling from him today that he could be decisive. It was a hard decision but it will not stick between us or stick for long. Tomorrow it is forgotten and we prepare for Atletico.
“I take decisions to win games and it is not a problem that he makes mistake or he misses but we cannot lack energy.
“I know what he can give and that is why I trust him a lot and that will not change, but he knows exactly what I demand from him.
“It is not the worst thing that can happen, he could start against Atletico but he needs to be reliable and this is the next step for him. He has trouble when he comes from the bench, it was like this against Sheffield United and it was again today. It is on him to improve because we need him sometimes from the bench. He has to accept it and learn from it.”
The Blues’ upcoming game is against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, as the Champions League action resumes.
Source- Chelsea FC
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