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Stan Collymore has been impressed with the way Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel handled the Callum Hudson-Odoi substitution incident.
“The fact that he (Tuchel) has been straight-talking over the whole Hudson-Odoi situation, from immediately after the game to what he said on Monday, is a big tick,” former English footballer Stan Collymore wrote in his column for the Mirror.
“Because plenty of other managers would have dealt with it very differently. Many of them would have said it was tactical but there has been no ambiguity whatsoever from Tuchel.
“He hasn’t talked in riddles, and there’s a direct comparison with Jose Mourinho here and the way he is happy to burn players he’s not happy with over time.
“Mourinho did it with Luke Shaw at Manchester United and he’s doing it with Dele Alli and Gareth Bale at Tottenham. Dragging things out, alluding to something rather than dealing with it in the there and then.
“The difference between those two ways of handling things is subtle but is very important because of the impact they both have. When it’s Mourinho’s way, team-mates see the impact it has on players in training every day and they start to feel sorry for them as a result.
“Whereas Tuchel’s approach of, ‘Look, I’m not happy, I’m taking you off, that wasn’t up to scratch, let’s get back to training, get back to work and I will give you another opportunity down the line’, isn’t about being the big man, it’s just about delivering a message loud and clear.”