Thomas Tuchel pulled off Callum Hudson-Odoi after just 31mins he came on against Southampton
Hudson-Odoi‘s early exit from the Southampton game came as a shocker considering that he just came on in place of Tammy Abraham.
Chelsea faced a tough one against Southampton when Takumi Minamino separated the two sides with a superb finisher.
Mason Mount was so energetic to have contributed majorly to his side’s equalizer after netting the penality handed in place of a rough tackle on him while trying to break into the Saints defense line.
But what seem to have stolen the show was Hudson-Odoi coming off just minutes after being installed into the game.
Thomas Tuchel addressed the issue after a secret chat with the winger as he disclosed Hudson-Odoi needs to be more reliable whenever coming off the bench.
‘It is not a big thing at all for me,’ Tuchel – who remains unbeaten since taking over the reins from Frank Lampard – told Chelsea’s official website.
‘I have spoken to Callum and I’ve spoken to the whole group. Sometimes these things happen in football and it was just my decision.
‘Maybe I was being harsh on him because he was on my side of the pitch and I was up close to him but I did not feel that he was really into the game.
‘I didn’t think he was totally sharp and that is why I took a hard decision on him. But that decision was in the moment and for that day only.
‘For me, this is absolutely not a big thing and only becomes one if people want to talk about it.
‘Callum has been fantastic for me so far and it’s on him to show me that every game and every day in training.
‘I want him to show me that he is a reliable guy for the team when he comes on from the bench, like he is when he starts.’
Chelsea battle Atletico Madrid tomorrow and Tuchel has assured that the 20-year-old has every chance to make the starting eleven.
‘He has started a lot of games for me and in this instance, he has taken a hard decision,’ Tuchel added.
‘Now he must swallow it and come into training ready to work ahead of Atletico, a game which he has every chance of starting.’