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An irate Thomas Tuchel blasted Callum Hudson-Odoi for his performance in the 1-1 draw against Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
Hudson-Odoi was brought in as a half-time substitute, but the German boss who’s yet to lose a game as Chelsea manager, took him off just after 30 minutes.
Tuchel had explained that he wasn’t impressed with Hudson-Odoi’s attitude, but he has further revealed that he talked about the incident with the team and also with Hudson-Odoi.
“It is not a big thing at all for me,” Tuchel told Chelsea’s official website.
“I have spoken to Callum and I’ve spoken to the whole group. Sometimes these things happen in football and it was just my decision.
“Maybe I was being harsh on him because he was on my side of the pitch and I was up close to him but I did not feel that he was really into the game.
“I didn’t think he was totally sharp and that is why I took a hard decision on him. But that decision was in the moment and for that day only.
“For me, this is absolutely not a big thing and only becomes one if people want to talk about it.
“Callum has been fantastic for me so far and it’s on him to show me that every game and every day in training.
“I want him to show me that he is a reliable guy for the team when he comes on from the bench, like he is when he starts.”