Callum Hudson-Odoi admits he thought Thomas Tuchel was joking when he asked him to play as a wing-back for Chelsea.
Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager in January and immediately looked to solidify Chelsea’s defence by using three centre-backs.
Hudson-Odoi had been played on various attacking positions since he broke into Chelsea’s first team but Tuchel opted to use the 21-year-old in a more defensive role in his first few months at Stamford Bridge.
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Tuchel has subsequently admitted that his request was unfair on Hudson-Odoi, and the winger says he was surprised by his manager’s request.
‘When the manager first came in and he told me to play wing-back, I was just a bit in shock,’ Hudson-Odoi said.
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‘I thought it was a joke.
‘Obviously, when I played there, it was different. It suited my game a little at that time and I think that he’s come in and he’s given the freedom and the instruction to the team of how he wants everyone to play and what he wants from the team to try to win games.
‘He knows what he wants to win and so do we. So we are playing as hard as we can and to the best level we can to obviously win every game.
‘When he has come in, he has given us that extra motivation, extra courage and push to know that regardless, he is going to push us to our hardest level because he wants the best out of us.
‘It’s definitely a good thing to know that he is coming in with the motivation and determination to try to win games and win trophies.
‘We are going to keep pushing until we reach our main goal.’
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