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Friday, October 22, 2021

Thomas Tuchel can solve Chelsea's £216m dilemma by using secret weapon to complete simple trick

Thomas Tuchel can solve Chelsea's £216m dilemma by using secret weapon to complete simple trick   Callum Hudson-Odoi was given an improm...
Thomas Tuchel can solve Chelsea's £216m dilemma by using secret weapon to complete simple trick

 

Callum Hudson-Odoi was given an impromptu outing for Chelsea which soon paid dividends as the Blues waltzed past Malmo 4-0 at Stamford Bridge. Andreas Christensen fired the Blues ahead with his first goal for the club after 137 appearances before Jorginho doubled the Blues' lead from the spot.



Kai Havertz then extended Chelsea's lead with a deliciously lofted chip over the on-rushing goalkeeper after Hudson-Odoi had spearheaded a gushing counter-attacking before slipping the German in. Thomas Tuchel's side then led by four after Jorginho doubled his tally for the evening from the spot, again, to round off a spectacular four-goal demolition.

However, despite what seems on the face of it a run of the mill win, the Blues boss can take a lot from Hudson-Odoi's display and transform the 20-year-old's unique talent into Chelsea's very own secret weapon in solving the side's chemistry problem.

Callum has a lot of relationships in the team naturally and that's surprising because he's not a guaranteed player in the starting line-up," he began. "It is incredible to me that despite all the struggles that he has had that whenever he is given limited opportunities further up the pitch is he able to influence things in such a way.

"That moment [assisting Kai Havertz for his goal], that connection, it was a sign of Chelsea moving the ball faster. Callum has this subtle ability as a wide player to analyse attacking moves and decide what the best thing is for that move.

Childs then added by claiming that Hudson-Odoi has another special talent that no other player in Tuchel's squad has. "That may be something you expect a wide or creative player to have but I don't think every Chelsea player has that," he said.

"He judges very accurately for a young player who hasn't had a lot of minutes when to up the pace, when he needs to hold off and wait for the right pass. "There's a lot of subtlety in Callum's game that gets lost and isn't appreciated a lot of the time. With Lukaku out, we need to find connections and we need to find ways to break down low blocks."

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