Thomas Tuchel has held talks with Callum Hudson-Odoi after his decision to substitute the player on and off in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Southampton.
The highly-rated England star was asked to provide inspiration when introduced in place of Tammy Abraham at the break.
He was taken off just half-an-hour later, with Tuchel questioning the player’s attitude when explaining the controversial decision.
The Chelsea manager now claims he has spoken with Hudson-Odoi, telling the club’s official website: “It is not a big thing at all for me. I have spoken to Callum, and I’ve spoken to the whole group. Sometimes, these things happen in football and it was just my decision.
“Maybe I was being harsh on him because he was on my side of the pitch and I was up close to him, but I did not feel that he was really into the game.
“I didn’t think he was totally sharp and that is why I took a hard decision on him, but that decision was in the moment and for that day only. For me, this is absolutely not a big thing and only becomes one if people want to talk about it.”
Tuchel added: “Callum has been fantastic for me so far and it’s on him to show me that every game and every day in training. I want him to show me that he is a reliable guy for the team when he comes on from the bench like he is when he starts.
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“He has started a lot of games for me and in this instance, he has taken a hard decision. Now he must swallow it and come into training ready to work ahead of Atletico, a game which he has every chance of starting.”
The German coach revealed after the draw against the Saints that his decision to replace Abraham and Hudson-Odoi was due to his disappointment at their respective showings.
He told BT Sport: “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. I took him off and we demand 100 per cent, I feel he is not in the right shape to help us.”