'If you don’t laugh you’ll cry': Some Chelsea fans gutted for 20-year-old after hearing line-up v Southampton

Chelsea have announced their starting line-up to face Southampton tonight in the Carabao Cup – but some Blues fans on Twitter are gutted that Callum Hudson-Odoi appears to be back playing in a wing-back role.

The Blues host Premier League rivals Southampton in the Carabao Cup Round of 16 at Stamford Bridge. 

Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI has been confirmed on the club’s official Twitter account for the Tuesday showdown. The German boss has decided to make six changes to the line-up that thrashed Norwich City 7-0 at the weekend in the league.

Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Ben Chilwell, Jorginho and Mason Mount are out of the side.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, Malang Sarr, Ross Barkley, Saul Niguez, Marcos Alonso and Hakim Ziyech are promoted to the XI.

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Chelsea fans not happy with Hudson-Odoi decision

A selection of Blues supporters on social media are fed up that Hudson-Odoi appears to be playing at wing-back tonight.

In fairness, the 20-year-old is now starting to get more regular time at the Bridge.

However, he’s an attacking winger by trade that was so effective playing further up the pitch in the Norwich victory.

It looks like he’ll have to do a job, though, as a make-shift full-back against Southampton. He’s perhaps a victim of his own versatility at times.

Chelsea v Southampton head to head

Tonight’s opponents have proven a tough nut for Chelsea to crack in recent meetings. 

The Blues did beat Southampton 3-1 earlier in October during a close Premier League game. They also defeated the Saints in October 2019 with an eye-catching away win. 

However, Chelsea only have two victories in their previous six games against Southampton (two wins, three draws one defeat). 

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side can give anyone a game when they’re in the mood, playing some eye-catching football with pace and directness. 

The competition really heats up tonight in the League Cup.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.