Thomas Tuchel reveals what Callum Hudson-Odoi needs to ‘work on’ after Chelsea win over Burnley


Hudson-Odoi impressed for Chelsea (Picture: AMA/Getty)

Thomas Tuchel thought Callum Hudson-Odoi did ‘very, very well’ in his defensive duties in a 2-0 win over Burnley but still thinks there is one aspect of his attacking that he needs to ‘work on’.

Tuchel has deployed the 20-year-old England international in a wing-back role in both of his opening games in charge of Chelsea.

Hudson-Odoi was a thorn in the side of the Burnley defence. He provided an assist for Cesar Azpilicueta and hit the post himself in an impressive display.

Tuchel thought he also performed excellently in the air, dealing with long balls from Sean Dyche’s side, and thinks he will be capable of playing on both wings to provide threat with his ‘speed and acceleration’.

However, the one aspect he wants him to ‘work on’ is his timing when he joins attacks.

‘I thought that [the role] maybe suits for him because he can play from the line and he can use his speed and acceleration,’ Tuchel told BT Sport after the match.

Tuchel was pleased with Hudson-Odoi (Picture: AFP via Getty)

‘He also loves to come from the left side. I can see from his ability there.

‘We have to work a bit on his timing but he is also a threat with his speed and his capacity.

‘Today is also a lot to defend because of the long balls. Azpi needed his help on his side and he did, again, very, very well.’

Marcos Alonso was the other player to get on the scoresheet for the Blues in what was a comfortable win.

Burnley rarely ventured into the Chelsea area and Edouard Mendy had a quiet afternoon in goal.

The result lifts Tuchel’s side up to seventh in the table, although they have played two games more than the two sides directly below them, Aston Villa and Everton.

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