Chelsea: Tuchel vows to build team ‘no one wants to play’
Callum Hudson-Odoi has revealed that Thomas Tuchel wants him to be direct and take on full-backs in his new role. The wideman was handed a major confidence boost after being named in the German’s first Chelsea line-up yesterday as the Blues were held to a 0-0 draw with Wolves at Stamford Bridge.
Hudson-Oodi’s development had stagnated towards the end of Frank Lampard’s tenure, with competition for places incredibly high in west London.
But the 20-year-old was given a chance to shine from the outset of the new era in a wing-back role.
The England international was named man of the match by former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle and was a persistent threat for the Blues.
Now Hudson-Odoi has shed light on the instructions he received from new boss Tuchel, after just one training session at Cobham.
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“It was something new for me,” Hudson-Odoi told Chelsea’s official website.
“It was my first time trying it yesterday [in training] and I felt alright playing in it, it wasn’t a problem for me.
“It was good trying to play that position and no matter where the manager asks me to play I will try to do my best.
“He wants me to be as direct and to keep getting at full-backs and defenders as much as possible.
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“He knows all the attacking players can be free and score goals and he wants us to be direct and keep pushing and try to get goals and get assists.
“He told me to work up and down that line, be direct and stay as high and wide as possible.
“I try to break the line and keep doing different movements to get the ball.
“He wants us to keep going in behind and find good passes, find different ways of breaking teams instead of trying to beat them every time with the ball.”
After the stalemate, Tuchel vowed to ensure Chelsea become a side that nobody wants to play.
The former Paris Saint-Germain also claimed he decided to field an experienced team for his first match in charge, because the stakes were high.
“I hope we will attack and we will play brave football, we will play for score and creating chances,” Tuchel said on his team’s style.
“At the same time, when I think about Chelsea football, it’s an intense game, it’s a game with mentality, teams with a winning mentality who can also defend hard and defend strong and compact and solid as a group.
“We want to create this. We see a lot of talent, we have a good mix of experience, of personality and of young players and of course we want to encourage them to play an attacking style, to be active in all moments of the game.”
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