Mario Melchiot has criticised Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel for his comments on Saturday about Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The Blues had to settle for a point against Southampton in a Premier League fixture at St Mary’s, with Mason Mount’s penalty cancelling out an opener from Takumi Minamino to mean it finished 1-1.
But the big talking point from the game was the manager’s post-match interview.
Tuchel was asked about his bold decision on Hudson-Odoi, who he substituted onto the field at half time against Southampton, and then took off with 15 minutes still left to go.
The 20-year-old winger was unable to really get into the game against Southampton and the manager was very open with his criticism post-match:
“In a game when it is hard to create chances you need to rely on counter-pressing to force errors and get the second ball and get an easy chance,” Tuchel said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“For that you need to be totally on and totally sharp for counter-pressing and I did not feel that from Callum today. He missed some opportunities for counter-pressing, he lost some easy balls. I had the feeling he was never really into the game.”
Ex-Blues defender Melchiot explained he felt the conversation should have taken place behind closed doors away from the public eye.
“It’s not going to help your confidence, but at least now you get an explanation. Normally, you don’t get an explanation,” Melchiot told Stadium Astro.
“I don’t like it, I would prefer him to say it to me personally in a room or have a private conversation. Now he knows he’s been playing all the time, but he knows where he stands. It means one or two good games doesn’t mean anything.”
The Chronicle View:
It’s never nice when a substitute is substituted, especially when you’re publicly criticised by your manager.
Hudson-Odoi will either go into his shell and struggle from a knock to his confidence.
Alternatively, the English attacker could respond in a huge way and he’s got the kind of attitude that suggests he will take it on the chin.