Chelsea player outperforms De Bruyne and Messi in chance creation in Champions League

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has been one of the best creators in the Champions League this season, surprisingly ahead of top playmakers such as Kevin De Bruyne and Lionel Messi.

Obviously, out of his three appearances in the Champions League, the 20-year-old only started in their last win over Malmo, so it is a rather small sample size.

Still, the young Chelsea winger has created a goalscoring opportunity every 24 minutes in the competition.


His chance creation rate is also the highest among Chelsea players to have played more than 90 minutes in the group stage so far.

This is a significant improvement from his record of one key pass per 113 minutes in the competition last season.

The one big difference is that now Hudson-Odoi mostly plays in his favourite left winger role, rather than as a wing-back.

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Fierce competition for attacking spots at Chelsea

Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner’s absences certainly helped Hudson-Odoi make a case for his inclusion in the team.

But the American is now back in the team, while the latter is expected to return after the international break.

Tuchel’s tendency to rotate his team means Hudson-Odoi will still have plenty of opportunities to play in an attacking role, regardless of the pecking order.

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But it remains unclear whether being a second or a third choice would satisfy him in the long term.

Tuchel previously revealed that he turned down Hudson-Odoi’s request to leave since he is an important member of the squad.

This, however, indicates the winger’s desire to pursue regular football, even if it is not at Chelsea.

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