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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: 'I was not happy with Hudson-Odoi’s body language.'

Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea [Getty]
Callum Hudson-Odoi was ruthlessly replaced after coming off the bench at half-time [Getty]

Southampton 1-1 Chelsea.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he was not pleased with winger Callum Hudson-Odoi’s display as he replaced the substitute in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Southampton.

The England winger replaced the Blues striker Tammy Abraham at half-time when Chelsea were trailing by a goal.

And, within 30 minutes, with the score level following Mason Mount’s equaliser from the penalty spot, the German decided to replace the 20-year-old with Hakim Ziyech.

Hudson-Odoi was not injured when he came off and kicked a water bottle as he was walking to the stands at the St Mary’s.

All in all, Tuchel explained why he replaced Hudson-Odoi’s while speaking to BT Sport after the draw.

“With Hudson-Odoi, I was not happy with the attitude and energy," he said.

"We decided to take him off again. We demand a lot and 100 percent. I felt he was not right in shape and he could not help us.

“It's hard for the players but tomorrow it will be forgotten. He has all possibilities to start against Atletico.”

While speaking to BBC Sport, the former PSG and Dortmund coach added: "We not only had possession but good possession in the opponent half, in the last 20 metres we lacked quality and that is the truth. We lacked determination, aggressiveness, and more one on one chances.

“We controlled 80 metres, all counter-attacks, and when you control the match like this and you need a penalty to score, you see the problem is clear.

"I think we ended almost every chance ourselves, there was no need to save balls or do spectacular defending, we made wrong decisions, slipping, hitting balls too hard, too short, to the wrong guy, in the wrong moment, overall it was not enough danger when you are there. We lacked precision, that is clear.

"N'Golo Kante was excellent, Mateo Kovacic was too and generally they were strong. We need to take the opportunities for counter-attacks, use our speed better, and if we don't do it, it gets harder and harder to score. We did not take the chances today."

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