Chelsea: Tuchel’s interesting response to top four race
Callum Hudson-Odoi says he enjoys Thomas Tuchel’s loud-mouthed style of management at Chelsea. The German has overseen three games since replacing Frank Lampard, winning two and drawing one.
The Chelsea winger, who was a No.1 target for Bayern Munich not so long ago, has started every game under Tuchel.
The 47-year-old cuts a lively figure on the touchline, very much wearing his heart on his sleeve. And he’s not afraid to let his players know what he thinks, either, on occasion seen barking at his stars.
Hudson-Odoi usually receives at least 45 minutes of Tuchel in his ear with the 20-year-old playing on the wing.
But the England youngster says he doesn’t mind Tuchel shouting, in fact he says it motivates him.
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“I’m liking it because it’s motivating for when you know a manager is on the side and he’s instructing you to do certain things, he’s always pushing you and shouting at you,” Hudson-Odoi told Sky Sports.
“Sometimes you don’t like shouting but sometimes it motivates players to keep improving and keep showing your qualities.
“I’m enjoying every bit of it. I feel like he’s come with a real purpose to try and win games as much as possible, as quick as possible. Trying to implement his tactics as quick as possible.
“We’re all enjoying it at the moment.”
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Tuchel twice deployed Hudson-Odoi as a wing-back before using him up top against Tottenham – and the Blues boss said the winger’s displays in training have earned him the playing time.
“I didn’t know he hadn’t played wing-back before,” said Tuchel.
“Maybe it was a good thing I didn’t ask because maybe I would have doubted my decision!
“We just had one training session before the Wolves game. We were flying in on the same day and wondering what structure to implement to give the team a good feeling, and to have a solid block defensively but also to attack freely.
“To play with four you have to be very disciplined, and the automatisms between the line of four have to be very synchronised.
“So we opted for a back five and we didn’t want to get too defensive. We thought about trying Reece and Callum on the right side in training. Callum fitted very good and we wanted to have at least four offensive guys on the pitch from the start.
“We just let him drive and he did very good, showing all his qualities he has: the high speed, the quick recoveries, dribbles, good one-on-one.
“He took his chance.
“There was no need to change for the second game and he did another good match.
“Maybe in some defensive duels in the air there is space to improve, but this is absolutely normal. I am very happy he was happy to be on the pitch. He has given his best and that’s what we have asked for.”
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