Jamie Carragher couldn’t quite get his head around the Thomas Tuchel and Callum Hudson-Odoi saga but did manage to suggest why it unfolded, speaking on Sky Sports Monday Night.
It was the hot topic of conversation following Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Southampton last weekend.
Tuchel subbed on Hudson-Odoi at half time, then replaced him 30 minutes later.
After the match, the Blues boss openly criticised his player, saying: “I was not happy with this attitude, energy and counter-pressing” (BT Sport).
Plenty was made about Tuchel’s reaction afterwards and the debate continued into Sky’s studios.
Carragher had the task of breaking down why Hudson-Odoi was axed, but he struggled to see exactly why the German coach had made such a bold call.
“A manager is paid to make decisions and get results,” said the former Liverpool defender.
“If he felt that change could give them more chance of winning the game and could help Chelsea get into the Champions League, I have absolutely no problem with that change.
“My problem with the manager isn’t bringing him off, not so much what he said at the end of the game. I actually think it wasn’t right to bring him off.”
He analysed clips of Hudson-Odoi against Sheffield United and Southampton that disputed Tuchel’s argument of poor work rate or lack of desire.
But Carragher did suggest that Hudson-Odoi may have just simply been unlucky, as he was positioned too close to his new manager.
“He (Tuchel) also made a really interesting point, which is exactly the same with Duncan Ferguson and Moise Kean.
“‘It may have been a problem that he was right in front of me’. That’s always a problem.
“If he was on the left, not the right, I think he would’ve stayed on. But he’s right in view of the manager”
Hudson-Odoi was deployed on the right channel at Saint Mary’s, straight in front of the dugout and Tuchel.
The Chelsea boss has a keen eye for detail and nothing would’ve avoided his gaze that afternoon.
Especially the performance of Hudson-Odoi, who was directly in his eye-line.
According to Tuchel, the situation was immediately resolved with no ill-feelings left between player and coach.