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Chelsea boss admits having to address problem in front of squad ahead of Manchester United game

Chelsea boss admits having to address problem in front of squad ahead of Manchester United game
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Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he has spoken to Callum Hudson-Odoi in front of the entire Chelsea squad after his much-publicised criticism of the England winger.

In his side’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Southampton, the German head coach – who replaced club legend Frank Lampard at the Stamford Bridge helm last month – took the drastic measure of substituting one of his substitutes.

That was Hudson-Odoi, who could be in line to start at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

The 20-year-old replaced England team-mate Tammy Abraham at half-time, only to be taken off himself 31 minutes later for Hakim Ziyech – with Tuchel openly criticising Hudson-Odoi post-match.

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It was a brutal move that raised plenty of eyebrows among pundits and fans, with Tuchel subsequently coming in for widespread criticism himself.

However, ahead of a crunch double header that sees Chelsea continue their European charge and welcome United to Stamford Bridge, the former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain head coach has revealed that he has sat down to iron out any potential problems with Hudson-Odoi.

“We decided to speak to him in front of the whole group because I had my reasons to do it,” Tuchel told reporters, via football.london. “Was it the right decision? I don’t know, but it was my decision in this moment.

“For us in the group, we spoke as a whole group to not make it bigger than it is because for us it was not a big thing.

“I know that it could be sometimes and sometimes you reflect why you do it, should you do it because sometimes maybe the media and family make it bigger than it was meant. I did it and we had the only reaction that we wanted.

“He went back to a normal mood, to a good mood, to a smile, to training and the next day very, very good training and today. That’s it.”

Tuchel added: “I already said after the game this was the decision for today, this was the lesson to learn from today for him and for me also and we go on and then it is forgotten.

“That is absolutely the way so in here at Cobham, between us, between us two, between me and the team business as usual and no big thing.”

Chelsea host Manchester United on Sunday at Stamford Bridge, looking to close the six point gap between themselves and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

The Blues lost ground in the top four race with that draw against Southampton, whilst United maintained their place in second with a 3-1 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford.





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