How do you rate Hudson-Odoi as a wing-back so far? Read what Tuchel has to say

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New Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel Madd the odd decision of fielding youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi as a wing-back.

It was a very unconventional role for the 20-year-old, but Hudson-Odoi has grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

It’s a not a new thing for Tuchel who has over time in his career fielded players in a different role.

The new boss has been pleased with what Hudson-Odoi has done so far in that role, and reveals that he only needs to improve in aerial defensive duels.

“He took his chance,” said the Chelsea boss. “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.”

Explaining the reason for a change in role, Tuchel said: “I do it only if I see something in a player, and at the same time it’s a situation where it could help the team,’ explained Tuchel.

“Then I don’t hesitate to challenge or try to convince the player, but not against their will. If we approach them we show them pictures, we explain to them, and of course we listen to their opinion and see if they feel comfortable.

“In the end they have to feel comfortable to bring out their best in a game. With Callum it was a big advantage I was new and it had been one day. Which player would say no? Everybody was happy to start, and he took his chance.”

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