Substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi was changed in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Southampton as a result of the ahead’s “attitude” was not right, says head coach Thomas Tuchel.
Tuchel introduced Hudson-Odoi on at half-time at St Mary’s instead of Tammy Abraham.
However, regardless of the guests equalising, the German then took off the 20-year-old ahead with 14 minutes to go on the south coast – with Hakim Ziyech taking his place in assault – for tactical and not damage causes.
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“No, it was not injury-related,” Tuchel confirmed after the match. “I was not happy with his attitude, energy and counter-pressing.
“In a recreation the place it was not straightforward to create probabilities, you should depend on counter-pressing to drive errors to get the second ball and get the straightforward likelihood.
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“And for that, you should be completely on and sharp for counter-pressing and I did not really feel this with Callum right this moment.
“He missed some alternatives for counter-pressing and misplaced some straightforward balls and I had the sensation he was by no means actually within the recreation.
“You know I belief him rather a lot as he performs each recreation for us, however right this moment I was near him and… I do not know, possibly it was unfair, however I did not get the conventional feeling with him right this moment that he will be decisive.
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“So it is a hard decision today, but nothing that will stick between us, or stick for long. Tomorrow it will be forgotten and we prepare for Atletico.”
Asked if withdrawing the England worldwide will dent his confidence, Tuchel replied: “No, absolutely not. Everyone has to understand that I make decisions to win games.
“There is not any downside that he makes errors, has a nasty recreation, or misses, however we won’t lack power even 10 per cent or 5 per cent. It’s not doable. I do know what he can provide and it is why I belief him rather a lot.
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“That will not change. He knows exactly what I demand from him and when he doesn’t reach this level, maybe it means a hard decision like today.
“There is not any have to assume in old style phrases that that is the worst factor that may ever occur, no.
“Tomorrow it’s already over 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.
“He’s a bit in hassle when he comes off the bench, it was like this towards Sheffield (United) and right this moment.
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“So it’s on him to improve because we need him in some games from the bench, to hang in a different way.
“But now it is forgotten and he has to step up, be taught from it, swallow it, and there is not any downside.”
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