Gus Poyet believes Frank Lampard would have faced an onslaught of criticism if he reacted in the same way Thomas Tuchel did with Callum Hudson-Odoi, speaking on Sky Sports Monday Night.
The former Chelsea midfielder joined Jamie Carragher to discuss this intriguing story that had everyone in discussion.
Tuchel decided to sub off Hudson-Odoi against Southampton, just 30 minutes after bringing him on at half time.
He went on to publicly condemn the 20-year-old’s work rate and energy.
Poyet gave his point of view by bringing Tuchel’s predecessor into the equation.
“I think if this was done by Frank Lampard today, he would be killed in the press by every single reporter,” he admitted.
“But because he’s (Tuchel) new, it’s just normal. Everything is alright, even if you make a mistake.
“If you make the same mistake later and you’re in the same position you get the sack, that’s natural.”
Lampard was not known for openly convicting his players during his stint as Chelsea manager.
Now with Tuchel in charge, the approach is clearly more direct and honest.
The whole Hudson-Odoi saga overshadowed the 1-1 draw against Southampton in which the incident occurred.
This took Chelsea’s unbeaten run to seven matches, but it left a slightly sour taste surrounding Chelsea’s squad.
Which is not ideal preparation considering they play Atletico Madrid in the Champions League later today.
“What I say from experience, he has to win the next few games,” Poyet continued.
“If he wins against Atletico Madrid and on the weekend, this goes away. Now the players coming in are going to have to perform and run and counter press.
“If they don’t get the results, maybe we keep talking about different situations and it got become a problem in the long term.”
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I think Poyet is absolutely spot on.
Had Lampard done exactly the same as Tuchel, he probably would’ve been axed from his job there and then.
If Tuchel does continue to call-out every individual after a bad performance, he won’t last long with the Chelsea fans at all.