Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted he had a ‘tough’ conversation with Callum Hudson-Odoi after he made the ‘difficult’ decision to leave him out of the squad against Tottenham Hotspur.
Despite scoring in Chelsea’s 2-1 Champions League victory over Rennes, Hudson-Odoi was completely left out of the squad for the goalless draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
“‘It was difficult,” said Lampard when asked about leaving him out of the squad against Spurs. “I’ve been really pleased with his training lately.
“I’ve spoken about Callum at different times since I’ve been in the job. His training and attitude at the minute is bang on.
“His work ethic in training that’s reflected in scoring against Renne and playing well, coming on against Newcastle I thought he was bright, going away with the Under-21s and doing well, so it was tough.
“I have tough decisions when we have a fully fit squad as we pretty much do now, to leave players out who work hard through the week and are desperate to play for the club. I have to make that decision.
“‘I did speak to him personally because I wanted him to feel that, I wanted him to understand where he’s at at the minute, which is in a progression.
“He’s getting better, for me, and there will be times where other players have to sit out and that conversation will have to be with other players.
“He’s back in contention tomorrow and I want to see more of the same to keep that progression going.
“If there are times where he’s not starting, he’s out of the squad, the main thing is I want him to stay positive. That’s part of my job as well to have that communication level.”