'Hopefully get him booked': Hudson-Odoi says he was trying to get one Tottenham player sent off yesterday

Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi revealed that he targeted Japhet Tanganga after the Tottenham Hotspur defender got booked yesterday.

Speaking to Premier League Productions following the 2-0 derby win for Thomas Tuchel’s team on Sunday, Hudson-Odoi admitted that he aimed his attacking efforts towards the opposing full-back.

Taking on Tanganga

The 21-year-old’s personal battle with Tanganga was a running theme throughout the evening, with one winner prevailing from pretty much all the duels.

On several occasions, Hudson-Odoi blitzed past the Tottenham right-back, thanks to a piece of skill or searing speed.

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This trick worked all too well on one occasion, causing Tanganga to pull down the flying forward and receive a yellow card.

Paul Tierney handed out the caution after just 37 minutes, meaning the Spurs man had to walk the tight rope for nearly an hour.

Trying for a second offence

From that point onwards, he looked afraid to tackle Hudson-Odoi, wary of the early shower that would be waiting for him if the move was mistimed.

“Obviously, I knew in the first half that he got the booking,” said the Chelsea winger.  

“So, I said to myself, you know what, if I keep being direct at him and keep going at him, hopefully, he’s going to pull you or foul you eventually.

“So, I just keeping saying to myself, just be direct, keep going at him and hopefully get him booked again.”

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What else went wrong for Tottenham?

In the end, Tanganga’s inability to lay a hand on Hudson-Odoi turned out to be extremely costly for Tottenham.

Just two minutes after the interval, Chelsea’s young forward spun past his marker close to the right touchline and drove towards goal with menace.

He then passed to Hakim Ziyech on the opposite flank, who in turn let rip with a thunderbolt effort that sent Stamford Bridge into bedlam.

Had Tanganga not been on the verge of dismissal, he might’ve fouled Hudson-Odoi and Ziyech’s perfect strike may never have occurred.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing and Antonio Conte will be rueing all the things that could’ve been different.

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The disallowed Harry Kane goal, Ryan Sessegnon tracking Cesar Azpilicueta’s overlapping run rather than engaging Ziyech, letting Thiago Silva have a free header to make it 2-0.

All ifs, buts and maybes, yet all that matters is the end result, one that Chelsea eventually claimed pretty comfortably.

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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.