Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has hinted he’ll use Callum Hudson-Odoi as a wing-back more often after his side’s 2-0 win over Burnley on Sunday. The England international impressed as the Blues picked up all three points at Stamford Bridge. And they’ll be hoping to build on that win when they face Tottenham on Thursday.
Chelsea didn’t get the Tuchel era off to a winning start in midweek, drawing 0-0 with Wolves.
But goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso gave them all three points against Burnley, much to Tuchel’s delight.
There were many positives for Chelsea to take from the match but Hudson-Odoi was one of the biggest, with the England international impressing in a new wing-back role.
And, speaking after the game, Tuchel hinted he could use the 20-year-old there more often in the coming weeks and months ahead.
“Why not? He can have his input on the line, he has the ability to be decisive with his runs and speed,” he explained.
“And for the moment, we opt for this formation. He can play in half spaces in attack, this is clear.
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One negative for Chelsea was the performance of Timo Werner, with the striker continuing to look a shadow of his usual self.
He’s now scored just one goal in his last 17 matches across all competitions for the club, with Tuchel now entrusted with getting the best from the 24-year-old.
And he admitted after the game that Werner won’t improve unless he starts to feel confident again.
“He’s totally into it, he gives everything, but every striker is sensitive and nothing helps them more than goals,” said Tuchel.
“If they miss goals for a certain amount of time it’s the same for all of them.
“So this is nothing special for Timo, it happens to every striker in the world.
“As long as he has the impact and tries everything, like he did today, we will support him.
“We also missed some chances to use him in counter-attacks, which is his strength to use him with his speed.
“So we have to use him in the right way also. I think he was confident to play, but confidence is not something you can demand.
“Confidence is something that comes with good performances. As long as he lacks goals he won’t be at 100 per cent.
“But it’s okay, he just has to keep going until he may find a very easy goal, to bring out the last few per cent.”
On his side’s performance, Tuchel said: “The performance itself for me was very complete, both defensively and offensively.
“But we did the work, with the three centre-backs and two sixes absolutely outstanding.
“The two guys on the sides did a lot of effort to support and the front three supported the defensive work too.
“Importantly we never lost patience, we controlled the game, created a lot of chances and were very good in the counter-pressing.
“So overall very happy that we got this well-deserved win.”