Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed he substituted Callum Hudson-Odoi after 31 minutes vs Southampton because he "wasn't happy with the energy or attitude."
Chelsea would draw the game 1-1 but much of the chatter was about Hudson-Odoi's early departure.
Post-match, Tuchel explained to media: "With Hudson-Odoi, I was not happy with the energy and with the attitude and counter-pressing.
"I was not happy with his body launguage and counter pressing."- beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) February 20, 2021
Thomas Tuchel explains why he took off substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi.#beINPL #SOUCHE
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"I had the feeling he is not ready to give what I want from him and the team, so we suffered from this decision.
"From tomorrow, it is forgotten."
The 20-year-old looked shocked at seeing his number flash up and he left the pitch frustrated.
Fans have reacted to Tuchel's comments and they think it's the kind of ruthlessness Chelsea players haven't seen for a long time.
Tammy Abraham was not injured and was taken off because he did not put his stamp on the game, says Tuchel.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was also not injured- "I was ot happy with his energy and counter pressing so I took him off." - Tuchel.
- Simon Phillips (@siphillipssport) February 20, 2021
Tuchel standing by his call on Hudson Odoi and insisting tomorrow it will be forgotten.
Like a man not afraid to make big calls.
- Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) February 20, 2021
At least he is honest and did something about it, but the energy from several players was off. Maybe he has a higher standard for certain individuals. https://t.co/hFLDilUrDY
- Daniel Mohajer (@BoasMohajer) February 20, 2021
Tuchel did not mince his words on Hudson-Odoi.
- Nathan Quao (@nathan_quao) February 20, 2021
That was pretty spiky from Tuchel...
Subbing Hudson-Odoi after bringing him on at half time was ruthless, calling out his attitude after the game as the reason was a shocker :flushed::flushed:
- Joe Thomlinson (@joethomlinson) February 20, 2021
Nathan Redmond played the on-loan Liverpool man through and he took it under control perfectly.
Minamino then shimmied his body to the right, ensuring Cesar Azpilicueta committed himself to a challenge.
The 26-year-old slotted past Edouard Mendy as cool as you like to give the home side a shock lead.
Takumi Minamino with an ice cool finish! :snowflake:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 20, 2021
Despite all the Chelsea possession, Southampton take the lead at St Mary's! :innocent: pic.twitter.com/0ms95CCTpj
Mason Mount grabbed the equaliser from the penalty spot after being fouled by Danny Ings.
Chelsea are back in action on Tuesday evening when they face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
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