'Finally, tears in my eyes': Some Chelsea fans so relieved with what they're hearing from Thomas Tuchel now

Chelsea supporters on social media breathed a big sigh of relief after hearing Thomas Tuchel’s recent remarks about Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Speaking in his press conference ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash with Malmo, Tuchel delivered a verdict on Hudson-Odoi’s position that sat very well with followers of the Blues.

The German coach was asked an open question about keeping the player over the summer and his subsequent form as a more regular member of the squad.

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In typical Tuchel fashion, he gave a detailed answer, that covered playing the 20-year-old as a forward, rather than a wing-back.

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“He had a very good pre-season when we saw what he could do on the half-left side,” said Chelsea’s boss.

“He struggled a bit, in the beginning, to prove that during matches but now we’ve had some injuries, it was needed that he shows up and delivers. This is what he did.”

The heights of Hudson-Odoi

In the past four games, Hudson-Odoi has featured in an attacking role, providing a goal and assist across this period.

Arguably, he is playing his best football since Tuchel arrived in January, owed largely to his refined role in the side.

Chelsea fans have wanted for their academy star to be used in his correctly for so long.

Their wishes might just have been answered in Tuchel’s latest statement.

Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/calteckk/status/1455182933459968003
https://twitter.com/TheScore01/status/1455183571275165700?s=20

Healthy competition

As Tuchel mentioned, injuries have helped Hudson-Odoi jump up the food chain in terms of front-line options.

Christian Pulisic is probably his main rival for the ‘half-left side’, but has been out on the treatment table since early October.

Timo Werner can also play there, but he too is currently out with a hamstring problem.

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Plus, the wing-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell have been scoring for fun, so there is no need for change there.

When everyone returns, Hudson-Odoi might have more of a struggle on his hands to hold down the left flank.

Yet, he must revel in the opportunity whilst it’s being presented.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.