‘I didn’t know he hadn’t played wing-back’ — Tuchel finally explains why he plays Hudson-Odoi as a wing-back

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Chelsea fans were surprised when Thomas Tuchel played Callum Hudson-Odoi in an unfamiliar role as a right wing-back.

It has been a stroke of genius for Tuchel, as Hudson-Odoi has featured in that position for back to back games.

Interestingly, Tuchel has now admitted that he didn’t know the young winger hadn’t played in that position before, and he’s glad for not asking him.

“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.”

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