Former Chelsea star Joe Cole questions Tuchel’s decision to slam two Chelsea players

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was clearly unhappy with his team’s display in the 1-1 draw against Southampton.

Chelsea were away to the Saints at the St Mary’s, but the Blues couldn’t continue their winning form as they had to settle for a draw.

Speaking after the game, Tuchel chose the more aggressive approach of blasting his players’ performance and was particularly critical of academy graduates Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.

Former Chelsea star Joe Cole was surprised at Tuchel’s post-match comments and questioned his decision to publicly slam Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham. According to Joe Cole, it could have an adverse effect on both players.

“It’s a very strong way to go and it’s his first spiky moment,” Cole told BT Sport. “We knew from his reputation he is strong, he will make decisions and that is bold because Callum wasn’t having a great game when he come on, but you’re a moments player in that position.

“Sometimes, we watched Messi in the week and of course I’m not comparing Callum to Messi, but he was strolling around and then he’ll give you a moment of magic. Callum can give you a moment of magic, we know that.

“But for him to say he’s not happy with his energy, that’s a bold move from Tuchel and its a gamble. Notoriously the Chelsea dressing room can be fragmented, over the last 10 years, with the amount of changes they’ve had.

“I just question whether it was unnecessary at the time to upset a player that maybe is going to play for you Tuesday night.

“Maybe it’s managerial genius, Callum starts on Tuesday night and gives us the performance of his life, but he’s a fantastic young player that will be fuming with that today, you look at him walking off the pitch and he was fuming.

“Tuchel has took that decision and I do think it might be a message to his team, but it’s brave because Callum is not going to be happy with that.”

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