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Thomas Tuchel in spiky Chelsea interview and singles out Hudson-Odoi over attitude and energy

Thomas Tuchel says he double-substituted Callum Hudson-Odoi in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw away at Southampton after being left unimpressed with his “energy and attitude”.

The 20-year-old was brought on at the half-time break in place Tammy Abraham, who endured a miserable opening 45 minutes after battling back from an ankle injury to earn a start at St Mary’s.

But sensationally, Hudson-Odoi was only given just over 30 minutes in the game before he was hooked off again by a fuming Tuchel.

It was initially unclear whether he had sustained an injury on the south coast, but the Chelsea head coach soon confirmed that was not the case.

Thomas Tuchel says he double-substituted Callum Hudson-Odoi in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw away at Southampton after being left unimpressed with his “energy and attitude”

Tuchel was not happy with Hudson-Odoi or Abraham’s performance on the day, firing shots at both men in his first spiky post-match interview as Chelsea head coach.

“No no, I’m not concerned about [Tammy], it was not an injury,” he said.

“It was hard for him to show his quality and we were not happy with the last 20 metres.

Hudson-Odoi was hooked off just 30 minutes after he replaced Tammy Abraham at the half-time break

“Tammy could not out his stamp on the game so we changed a little bit the formation.

“We brought in Hudson, but with Hudson I was not happy with the energy, the attitude and counter-pressing, so we decidied to take him off again, because we demand a lot.

“We demand 100 per cent and I got the feeling he was not right in this shape that he could help us.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 20: Mohammed Salisu of Southampton is challenged by Tammy Abraham of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary’s Stadium on February 20, 2021 in Southampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images)

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“So it’s a decision for today. For the players I know it is hard to come on and off.

“But tomorrow it’s forgotten, and he has all the possibilities to play against Atletico.”

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