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Chelsea news: Hoddle explains what he noticed about Hudson-Odoi after Tuchel criticism

Chelsea: Tuchel doesn't fear reaction to Hudson-Odoi sub

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Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi has been defended by Glenn Hoddle after Thomas Tuchel’s scathing criticism over his attitude. The England international struggled in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton. And he’ll be looking to bounce back when the Blues face Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Chelsea were forced to settle for just a point against Southampton, seeing their 100 per cent record under Tuchel come to an end.

Takumi Minamino gave the Saints the lead, with Mason Mount then responding from the penalty spot to salvage a draw.

In the aftermath of the result, Tuchel laid into Hudson-Odoi.

He said: “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.

“I am not concerned about Tammy Abraham, it was not about the injury, it was hard for him to show his quality.

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“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.

“I took him off and we demand 100 per cent, I feel he is not in the right shape to help us.

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“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.”

And Hoddle has now defended the England international, insisting Tuchel’s criticism was unfair given what he observed from the match.

He told the Evening Standard: “I was doing the co-commentary and I was really scratching my head.

“I saw Hudson-Odoi kick a bottle up the stairs as he went up into the stands, and I thought well he is either upset because he is injured or upset because he has been subbed off after being put on.

“I could not see the justification.

“The manager obviously knows the attitude he wants from his players but I did not see a poor attitude.

“I saw a player who actually came on and made a big difference to Chelsea and was making some lovely blind-side runs, getting to the by-line and creating stuff for the team.

“It must have been, and I am only guessing, that he may not have done some defensive duties that the manager wanted him to do.

“But certainly the way he played, I do not think it was justified taking him off. But the manager was closer to it and knows him far better than I do.”

Hoddle has now named Hudson-Odoi as the player to watch this week.

“Callum Hudson-Odoi. I want to see how he responds now,” he said.

“I think he is such a talented player.

“Chelsea have big games against Atletico Madrid and Manchester United. I want to see a reaction from him.”

Atletico won’t be easy for Chelsea.

They’re currently soaring in La Liga, with Diego Simeone looking to win the trophy for the first time since 2014.

And they’ve made Champions League finals in 2014 and 2016, losing both of them to fierce rivals Real Madrid.

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