‘Don’t tell him this’: Callum Hudson-Odoi reacts cheekily to Hakim Ziyech’s goal against Spurs

Callum Hudson-Odoi responded humorously to Hakim Ziyech’s gift a goal for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.

As quoted by the club website, Hudson-Odoi joked that he played a huge role in the Moroccan’s magnificent opener on Sunday.

In fairness to the Englishman, if it wasn’t for his drive towards the Tottenham defence, Stamford Bridge may never have been treated to the moment of wonder that followed.

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Having gobbled up the turf after beating Japhet Tanganga on the left, Hudson-Odoi switched the play to Ziyech, who stood ready just outside the penalty area.

Whilst the assist was incisive, the resulting shot was another level of quality.

Once the ball moved onto the attacker’s left foot, the objective turned to beating Hugo Lloris from distance.

Not only did he beat Lloris, Ziyech kept the Tottenham goalkeeper rooted to the spot.

Hudson-Odoi happy for Hakim

The blue section of South West London erupted into a noise of wild adulation as the ball kissed the back of the net.

The players in blue on the pitch engulfed the goal scorer, who allowed himself a celebration this time around.

“Don’t tell him this, but I will take a lot of the credit! Hudson-Odoi said totally insincerely about Ziyech’s awesome execution.  

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“Seriously, I am really happy for him as the goal itself was an amazing finish. I told him that as soon as he shot, I knew it was in. I could just tell.

“I won’t take a lot of the credit as it was an amazing goal. I am happy for him because he deserved a goal for his performance today.”

Fantastic from top to bottom

It was a goal fitting of Ziyech’s display.

The 28-year-old enjoyed arguably his finest hour for Chelsea, a sentiment echoed by Thomas Tuchel and Pat Nevin.

He threatened Tottenham throughout the evening, either through dangerous deliveries or taking shots himself.

According to Match of the Day 2, he ranked first for shots (five), shots on target (four), touches (96), crosses (10) and possession won (10).

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An all-round package that fans have rarely witnessed since Ziyech joined the blue army in 2020.

Hopefully, he can continue to deliver such parcels on a regular basis and truly affirm himself as a worthy member of Chelsea’s clan.

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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.