Thomas Tuchel’s treatment of Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi on Saturday looked brutal — but there is no bad blood between the pair.
That is according to former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Hudson-Odoi lasted just half-an-hour after being brought on at half-time in the 1-1 draw with Southampton before being subbed off again.
Addressing the incident, the manager told the BBC: “We decided to speak to him in front of the group. We got the only reaction we wanted – he went back to normal mood, smiling and had a very good training.”
Since then, the three-time England international played 80 minutes in the 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League in midweek.
Campbell claims that Hudson-Odoi will have been hurt by the decision but that the manager is smart to have reassured the youngster in the aftermath.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “It was crazy. Sometimes, managers, do this to set a precedent, put a marker down.
“He’s a good young player, very talented but we’ve seen it happen before. Tuchel is probably just saying: ‘Anybody who doesn’t do what I want, they’re coming off.’
“It’s a tough one for the young man to take. But I’m glad Tuchel has spoken to him in the background and explained and said he’s fine. I’m sure it’s all fine now.”
The 20-year-old has played 27 times in total for Chelsea this season, scoring five and registering four assists.
He will want to continue to impress if he is to earn a place in an England squad bristling with talent ahead of the European Championship in the summer.