Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel left his new players surprised just before they headed out for their first training session after he decided name his starting line-up before they went out to the pitch.
Tuchel named a new-look side to face Wolves in his first game, selecting Callum Hudson-Odoi at right wing-back.
The German boss revealed he had a “surreal” 48 hours after taking over from Frank Lampard this week.
Having taken the reigns at Stamford Bridge, Tuchel wasted no time in stamping his mark on the side.
According to The Athletic, he wrote his first starting XI on the whiteboard before taking his first training session, leaving his players “blinking through their surprise” after seeing the team.
Thomas Tuchel apparently left his players surprised before their first training session
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Tuchel named a three-man defence against Wolves, playing wing-backs to provide width.
Hudson-Odoi played on the right and had one of his best performances of the season, being widely regarded as the team’s best player of the evening.
The Englishman was a constant threat going forward, and kept Wolves quiet with his defensive duties.
Tuchel deployed Callum Hudson-Odoi as a right wing-back against Wolves
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But it seems Tuchel’s team selection raised some eyebrows at Cobham before the first training session.
Their first session under the German saw them train in the line-up they used against Wolves, which the manager then went on to describe as “unfair”.
Speaking to BT Sport of his team selection, he explained he will be giving opportunities to all members of his squad.
“Well, today, with the choices, it was totally unfair because how can I do a choice from one training session when everybody was really focused and really open to all things,” Tuchel said.