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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel may have been bashed for his decision to take off Callum Hudson-Odoi 30 minutes after bringing him on in the second-half against Southampton, but the new Blues boss has maintained that he made the right decision.
Many pundits have said that the decision may also affect Hudson-Odoi’s confidence, but Tuchel doesn’t see it that way.
Asked at the end of the match whether his decision will dent Tuchel’s confidence, Tuchel replied: “No, absolutely not.
“Everybody needs to understand that I take decisions to win games. It’s not a problem that he does mistakes or that he has a bad game or that he does a miss but he cannot lack energy.
“We cannot lack energy 5-10 per cent, it’s not possible. I know what he can give, that’s why I trust him a lot and this will not change but he knows exactly what I demand from him and when he does not reach this level, maybe we have a hard decision.
“There’s no need to think in old-fashioned terms that this is worst thing that can ever happen. No, it happened today and maybe he starts against Atletico if we need his qualities but then he needs to be trustworthy and reliable and this is the next step for him.”
Hudson-Odoi has started most of the games since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel, but the Chelsea boss has revealed that he’s not impressed with his performance anytime he comes in as a sub, and warned that Hudson-Odoi must learn to impact games whenever he comes in as a substitute.
He said: “He’s a bit in trouble when he comes from the bench. It was like this against Sheffield United and it was like this today so it’s on him to improve because we need him in some games from the bench.
“Then he needs to hang in in a different way. So now it’s forgotten, he needs to step up, learn from it, accept it, swallow it and there’s no problem.”