Thomas Tuchel has welcomed Callum Hudson-Odoi back into the fold – after explaining his snub in a group meeting.
Tuchel subbed the Chelsea winger just 31 minutes after bringing him on in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton and later blasted his “attitude”.
But the Blues boss has drawn a line under the matter after explaining his reasons in a team meeting – and Hudson-Odoi could now start against Atletico Madrid.
Tuchel said: “We decided to speak with him in front of the whole group because I had my reasons to do it. Was it the right decision? I don’t know.
Thomas Tuchel has welcomed Callum Hudson-Odoi back into the fold – after explaining his snub in a group meeting
“It was my decision in this moment. We spoke in front of the whole group to not make it bigger than it is. For us it was not a big thing. I know it can be sometimes.
“You reflect, should I do it, because maybe the media and the outside and family makes it bigger than it actually is meant.
Tuchel subbed Hudson-Odoi just 31 minutes after bringing him on in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton and later blasted his “attitude”
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“The only reaction we wanted was to go back to a good mood, to a smile, to good training the next day. That’s it.
“This is the lesson to learn, for him, for me also. Then we go on and it is forgotten. It is between us two. Business as usual.”
Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta said: “Obviously it’s not nice to come on and be subbed after 25/30 minutes.
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“When you are young the most important thing is the reaction. There was a positive reaction afterwards. I’m sure Callum will get better.”
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