Chelsea boss Tuchel insists substituting Hudson-Odoi was not a huge issue

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is reluctant to believe that his substitution of Callum Hudson-Odoi against Southampton on Saturday, was a huge issue.

Chelsea faced the Saints on Saturday at their home. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. At half-time Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel brought on Callum Hudson Odoi. But he was substituted again 30 minutes later, with 15 minutes of the game still remaining. It was a controversial call from the Chelsea boss.

But Thomas Tuchel does not think that it is a huge issue. Tuchel said, “It is not a big thing at all for me.”

“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.”

“He has started a lot of games for me and in this instance, he has taken a hard decision. Now he must swallow it and come into training ready to work ahead of Atletico, a game which he has every chance of starting.”

Chelsea will take on Atletico Madrid in UEFA Champions League in the midweek. Before that, it is important for Thomas Tuchel to keep a good dressing-room environment.

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