There was a positive response from the Chelsea squad towards Thomas Tuchel’s handling of the Callum Hudson-Odoi saga against Southampton, according to The Athletic.
Tuchel’s decision to take off the young winger 30 minutes after subbing him on was pretty much anyone wanted to talk about post-match.
This strange situation was impounded further when the Chelsea manager openly criticised Hudson-Odoi after the game about his attitude and lack of energy.
Whilst there were serious inquests going on from the outside world, the Athletic stated that Tuchel ordered a team meeting to discuss his actions.
He spoke with an element of remorse, which came across as an admission he had been too harsh on the 20-year-old
His speech apparently went down well with the group. Any left-over grievances were put aside before the next match against Atletico Madrid.
Hudson-Odoi’s inclusion in the starting XI on Tuesday proved that no hard feelings had been laboured between manager and player.
It seems that Tuchel has created harmony within the Chelsea set-up, one that was beginning to fracture under Frank Lampard.
Bringing back senior members like Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso into the fold was a good peace-making tactic from the outset.
Blooding them with the young talents of Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and Reece James has certainly benefitted them on the pitch.