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Chelsea draw 'He has to accept it, swallow it' - Thomas Tuchel rips into Callum Hudson-Odoi

Chelsea's five game winning run comes to an end and boss Tuchel lambasts his England forward


Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel showed his ruthless side yesterday, as he publicly shamed forward Callum Hudson-Odoi after his side’s 1-1 draw with Southampton.

Tuchel has inspired a mini-revival at Chelsea after replacing Frank Lampard last month, with his side piecing together a run of five straight wins ahead of this trip to the south coast.

Yet the German was not happy with several aspects of his side’s performance, with Hudson-Odoi the focus of his ire as he substituted the England forward just half an hour after throwing him on from the bench.

Hudson-Odoi was a half-time replacement for Tammy Abraham, but he was then withdrawn by his manager and given a very public dressing down after the game.

“I was not happy with his body language,” declared Tuchel, as he explained his substitution decision.

“In a game that it is hard to create chances you need to rely on counter-pressing to maybe force errors and get an easy chance. For that, you need to be totally on and sharp.

“I didn’t feel this from Callum today. He missed chances to counter-press, missed easy balls. I didn’t think he was into the game. Maybe it was unfair, but I didn’t get the feeling today that I normally get from him.

“Everyone has to understand that I take decisions to win games and there is no problem that he makes mistakes and has a bad game, but we can’t lack energy even 10% or 5%.

“He has to accept it, swallow it. Then no problem. It was a hard decision but nothing that will stick for long. Tomorrow it will be forgotten .”

Mason Mount’s 54th minute penalty after he was fouled by Danny Ings in the box maintained Tuchel’s unbeaten record as Chelsea manager after Takumi Minamino’s fine finish had put Southampton ahead at the break.

While Chelsea had the bulk of the possession and often got into dangerous positions, Tuchel suggested their final ball and finishing was off the boil.

“We not only had possession but good possession in the opponent half, in the last 20 metres we lacked quality and that is the truth,” he added.

“We lacked determination, aggressiveness and more one on one chances. We controlled 80 metres, all counter attacks and when you control the match like this and you need a penalty to score, you see the problem is clear.

“I think we ended almost every chance ourselves, there was no need to save balls or do spectacular defending.

“We made wrong decisions, slipping, hitting balls too hard, too short, to the wrong guy, in the wrong moment, overall it was not enough danger when you are there. We lacked precision, that is clear.

“For the first 80 metres of the pitch we were good, but the last 20 metres were not good enough.

“We need to take the opportunities for counter-attacks, use our speed better and if we don’t do it, it gets harder and harder to score. We did not take the chances today.”

Tuchel’s decision to replace Hudson-Odoi will send a warning through his dressing room that the manager now calling the shots at Chelsea won’t tolerate mediocrity from any of his players.

The German has had a smile on his face for much of his time as Chelsea manager, but that was missing on the touchline at St Mary’s Stadium, as he looked agitated and annoyed by his player’s efforts.

His opposite number Ralph Hasenhuttl was in a very different mood after the game, as Southampton ended a six-game losing run in the Premier League with a welcome point.


Thomas Tuchel’s side were frustrated by Southampton (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

Thomas Tuchel’s side were frustrated by Southampton (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

Thomas Tuchel’s side were frustrated by Southampton (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

“We played to the maximum. Tactically, against such a strong side, it’s important you’re committed,” he said.

“I didn’t see that many chances from them. With a little bit of luck, we would’ve won the game.

“A draw today feels like a win. And it’s a step towards us returning to our normal form. With the ball we weren’t that great. It was tough but our goal was us at our best.

“Against such a strong side it was important everybody performed.

“We are believing in what we are doing. The Premier League is tough. For us, it is good that we take a point from such a strong side.”

Chelsea now face Spanish league leaders Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Tuchel’s players left in little doubt that they will get the Hudson-Odoi treatment if they let their standards to slip.

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