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Thomas Tuchel challenges Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz to enter Chelsea’s attacking void

Thomas Tuchel challenges Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz to step up and fill Chelsea’s attacking void following injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner after the duo impressed as substitutes for forwards in Europe.

  • Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku were injured this week against Malmö
  • Callum Hudson-Odoi has played just over two hours of league action this season
  • While Kai Havertz has started just four Premier League games this season
  • Thomas Tuchel has now challenged the duo to take a step amid Chelsea’s injury woes.


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Thomas Tuchel has launched the clearest challenges for Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz to step up and fill Chelsea’s attacking void.

Both have been frustrated by limited appearances this season, but with Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic all injured, they can seize the opportunity against Norwich on Saturday.

“It’s a great opportunity, not a small opportunity,” said Chelsea manager Tuchel. ‘Romelu has many minutes, Timo has many minutes. Now is the time to step up. It’s as simple as that.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has played just over two hours of league action this season

Kai Havertz has started just four Premier League games this season

Kai Havertz has started just four Premier League games this season

Thomas Tuchel believes that Callum Hudson-Odoi (left) and Kai Havertz should step up for the Blues

Romelu Lukaku sprained his ankle during the first half of the game on Wednesday night.

Romelu Lukaku sprained his ankle during the first half of the game on Wednesday night.

Romelu Lukaku sprained his ankle during the first half of the game on Wednesday night.

While Timo Werner also suffered a hamstring injury during Chelsea's 4-0 win

While Timo Werner also suffered a hamstring injury during Chelsea's 4-0 win

While Timo Werner also suffered a hamstring injury during Chelsea’s 4-0 win

‘This is what they are waiting for. Now they have the responsibility, here we go. They have to prove it. They have our trust, our support and it depends on them. ‘

Hudson-Odoi has played just over two hours of Premier League action this season and Tuchel wants to see the talented 20-year-old recognize this opportunity and act more consistently.

“It’s just a turning point if he makes it a turning point,” said the Chelsea manager. You need to prove it. You need to play the next 250 games at the highest level and then we can say that it was.

Thuchel (right) believes that the absence of the injured duo is a good opportunity for Hudson-Odoi

Thuchel (right) believes that the absence of the injured duo is a good opportunity for Hudson-Odoi

Thuchel (right) believes that the absence of the injured duo is a good opportunity for Hudson-Odoi

“It will be a turning point if he not only has a good game, a good half, 60 good minutes, but if he does it consistently.”

It was a similar message for Havertz, 22, who scored the goal to win the Champions League last season but has started just four games since then in the Premier League.

“He got the minutes he deserved,” Tuchel said. “There is only one way to be part of the team and that is performance. There is no other way. There never was and never will be.

Havertz scored the winning goal in the Champions League final this year, but has seen little action in the Premier League this season.

Havertz scored the winning goal in the Champions League final this year, but has seen little action in the Premier League this season.

Havertz scored the winning goal in the Champions League final this year, but has seen little action in the Premier League this season.

‘Kai was not at his highest personal level. Other players were closer to that and we were winning, so it was necessary for me to wait. He did what he had to do, he worked hard and showed some stamina and determination to be more decisive in training.

‘He is so talented and dangerous. He has so much potential that he needs to show it. ”

Havertz and Hudson-Odoi impressed by taking on Malmo on Wednesday to replace Lukaku, who injured his ankle ligaments, and Werner, who suffered a hamstring injury.

Tuchel offered no details on the severity of their injuries, other than ruling them out also from Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Southampton, and refused to accept that it might be a blessing in disguise for them to take a break from the relentless schedule.

“It’s never a good thing,” he added. “They are both in treatment and feel positive. They are not too concerned.

“I’m sure they are out of the next two games and then we’ll see.”

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