What Chelsea players think about Tuchel’s brutal comments on Abraham and Hudson-Odoi
Chelsea: Tuchel explains why Abraham was not in squad
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Chelsea players have welcomed Thomas Tuchel’s brutal style of management, according to reports. The German hasn’t minced his words since tasking over from Frank Lampard back in January, with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham coming under fire. However, it appears squad members aren’t fazed behind the scenes.
Speaking after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Southampton earlier in the month, Tuchel revealed he took Hudson-Odoi off because he was unhappy.
“Clearly yes, we had all the chances and all possibilities to take the win, it would have been deserved, sometimes in football you concede one chance and they score,” he said.
“I am not concerned about Tammy Abraham, it was not about the injury, it was hard for him to show his quality.
“He could not put his stamp in this game so we changed the formation.
“We brought in Callum Hudson-Odoi but I was not happy with his attitude, energy and counter-pressing.
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“I took him off and we demand 100 per cent, I feel he is not in the right shape to help us.
“It was a hard decision but tomorrow it is forgotten and he has all possibilities to start against Atletico Madrid.
“It is always a big week so it is mixed feelings at the moment, it will not be easier to score against Atletico.”
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And, after Chelsea’s goalless draw with Manchester United on Sunday, Tuchel also took aim at Abraham.
“Selection. We have 21 strong players and only 18 possible [to be picked]. It is my job to take hard decisions,” said the German when asked why the England international was left out.
“This was the decision for 18 guys and Tammy was not with the group.
“At the moment he is only struggling with my decision. We have a strong squad. We have only Thiago Silva injured that means we have to make hard decisions.”
With that in mind, Chelsea players could be forgiven for feeling unhappy.
But that isn’t the case, with the Evening Standard saying Tuchel’s honest has been ‘largely well-received’ behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge.
Hudson-Odoi was given the reasons for being hooked at Southampton and his manager didn’t hold a grudge, with the winger then reinstated to the team for the Champions League win over Atletico.
And whether it’s a similar story with Abraham remains to be seen.
Tuchel has plenty going for him at Chelsea, with the Blues still in with a shout of European glory.
And they’re also well-positioned to finish in the Premier League top four, despite Liverpool returning to winning ways and West Ham enjoying a spectacular season under David Moyes.
Meanwhile, Manchester Untied felt they should have had a penalty against Chelsea in Sunday’s showdown at Stamford Bridge.
Hudson-Odoi appeared to handle the ball inside the box but referee Stuart Attwell didn’t point to the spot.
And Tuchel shut down United’s claims after the match, with the former PSG and Borussia Dortmund boss saying: “How can this be an intervention?
“The player in red plays the ball with his hand and then we are checking for a penalty.
“Why does the referee have to see this? You watch it for one second on the pad, or you watch it on the field live and then I see it on the pad, why does the referee need to see this?
“He does everything right, I don’t understand why he needs to check it but I’m glad it’s no penalty because that would be even worse.”
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