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No-nonsense Thomas Tuchel and his tough love can unlock Callum Hudson-Odoi’s potential at Chelsea

No-nonsense Thomas Tuchel and his tough love may unlock Callum Hudson-Odoi’s potential after Chelsea winger stars in the Norwich demolition job

  • Callum Hudson-Odoi starred in Chelsea’s 7-0 win over humble Norwich City
  • The Blues winger scored one and was vital in two more goals in Saturday’s win.
  • Hudson-Odoi was treated harshly by Thomas Tuchel last term, but now he’s shining


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It started with a fleshy hug between two old friends and ended with one pulling seven knives from his back. Clearly, Thomas Tuchel doesn’t believe much in favors.

We saw it with Daniel Farke’s Norwich side Chelsea kill on Saturday, and we continue to see it through the tough love he uses to drag in better Callum Hudson-Odoi football.

The fact that the latter was so effective in destroying the former suggests that there is significant merit in Tuchel’s cajoling. Hudson-Odoi, similar to Mason Mount, really intimidated that pitiful bunch.

Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea stayed on top of the Premier League with a 7-0 demolition of Norwich

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea stayed on top of the Premier League with a 7-0 demolition of Norwich

For Tuchel's old friend Daniel Farke (right), it was a day to forget for the Norwich City boss.

For Tuchel's old friend Daniel Farke (right), it was a day to forget for the Norwich City boss.

For Tuchel’s old friend Daniel Farke (right), it was a day to forget for the Norwich City boss.

For both English attacking talents, it was necessary to prove a point. In Mount’s case, that meant cashing in on a first start in six games, and scoring a hat-trick was a decent way to cut off the worry while it was still a buzz.

For Hudson-Odoi, who is lower down the development ladder, the need was and is a little more urgent.

Getting the best out of him has been a complex dance for Chelsea’s coaches. At 20, Hudson-Odoi is young and gloriously talented, a forward who won games for England in his teens but has been at risk of drifting more recently.

Tuchel had said so much before this game, issuing a challenge that a player with just two starts in the league this season needed to start building a body of work. The response was impressive, with Hudson-Odoi excellent in the 70 minutes being released in his strongest spot to the left of Chelsea’s three attackers.

Callum Hudson-Odoi played a key role in the victory, scoring one and being crucial in two more.

Callum Hudson-Odoi played a key role in the victory, scoring one and being crucial in two more.

Callum Hudson-Odoi played a key role in the victory, scoring one and being crucial in two more.

He was heavily involved in the first and fifth goals, scoring the second with a good shot through Tim Krul. His contribution away from dribbling, and closer to the sweaty business of pressing, is where Tuchel tends to apply the most scrutiny, and it was comical to see an exchange on that topic between player and coach after just two minutes.

Hudson-Odoi had made some microscopic error of judgment, either in his ball-hitting Kai Havertz or the subsequent delay in his pressure to regain possession, throwing Tuchel into one of his sideline collapses.

The attacker told his boss to relax, and instinct was to side with a player who went on to crush Norwich right-back Ozan Kabak every turn, doing both the dirty work and the cosmetic stuff. There is method in Tuchel’s approach and it was instructive to hear his post-game response to the question of whether he is deliberately tough on Hudson-Odoi.

Tuchel (right) treated Hudson-Odoi (left) harshly at times last season, but now he's shining again

Tuchel (right) treated Hudson-Odoi (left) harshly at times last season, but now he's shining again

Tuchel (right) treated Hudson-Odoi (left) harshly at times last season, but now he’s shining again

“Yes, maybe, but I think you need it,” he said. “These guys who are so full of quality, sometimes they hear too often how good they are. But you have to prove it.

“This is the highest level in Europe, so I hope we are not unfair, but we are hard on him because this talent is not enough to be part of the group.” When asked if Tuchel was difficult to please, Hudson-Odoi said: ‘I wouldn’t say that. You have to prove it to yourself.

“In each game you have to show yourself, show consistency and show that you are worthy of playing for the team.”

The balance for any new uproar around Hudson-Odoi should come from opposition recognition, with Norwich seemingly destined for one of the worst spots in the history of this division.

They were pitiful and Farke, once Tuchel’s colleague in Dortmund, can surely draw more from this group. Defender Grant Hanley said: ‘We have to offer some kind of apology to our fans. They deserve a better show than that. ‘

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