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Glenn Hoddle says Thomas Tuchel will be ‘delighted’ with Callum Hudson-Odoi vs Burnley


Tuchel was happy with the win (Picture: Getty)

Thomas Tuchel will have been ‘delighted’ with the performance of Callum Hudson-Odoi in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Burnley.

That’s the view of Glenn Hoddle who thinks the 20-year-old England international is thriving in the wing-back role under Chelsea’s new manager.

Hudson-Odoi provided an assist for Cesar Azpilicueta as the Spanish defender opened the scoring and hit the post before Marcos Alonso wrapped up all three points for the Blues.

It was Tuchel’s first win as Chelsea manager and Hoddle thinks Hudson-Odoi will have particularly caught his eye.

‘I think this wing-back role, the system actually suits him,’ Hoddle told BT Sport. He likes to be wide. He likes to stay wide and hug the line.

‘The Chelsea players, midfield players particularly on the diagonals, were finding him much easier today than they were against Wednesday. He’s always wide.

Hoddle was impressed with Hudson-Odoi (Picture: ICC via Getty Images)

‘It was intelligent play for the (first) goal, he’s drawn him in, created the space for Azpilicueta and laid it on a plate after really aggressive play.

‘All the positive things down this right-hand side came from Hudson-Odoi. He’s got to be delighted with his performance and his manager certainly will be.

‘I’m just wondering if he took him off to see Reece James but maybe to save him a bit so he doesn’t get injured [for the Spurs game].’

Tuchel was indeed happy with Hudson-Odoi’s contribution but called for him to ‘work on’ his timing when attacking.

‘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.

‘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.’

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