‘I would never bad mouth’ – Chelsea attacker finally opens up on Tuchel’s decision to use him as a wing-back

Callum Hudson-Odoi
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Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has opened up on his time at the club under Thomas Tuchel.

Hudson-Odoi lost his place in the Chelsea team at some point and was mostly used as a wing-back by the German.

Hudson-Odoi who’s currently on loan with Bayer Leverkusen, has admitted that he never liked the role.

“Definitely not,” he told The Athletic when asked if the wing-back was not his natural position.

“At times, it was okay. But sometimes in my head, I’m thinking, ‘What am I doing, why am I in this position? I’m more defending than attacking’.

“No matter where I was playing, I was always trying to do my best and help the team — it’s not always about myself. I never argued; I just got on with it. But in order to get the best out of yourself, you have to play where you can feel most comfortable and do what you can do best.

“I would never bad mouth or say anything bad about him. He was always a good guy, a good man, on the pitch and off the pitch.

“It was just… with so many great players in the team, you have to obviously fight for your position and work your hardest. It was definitely difficult at times with him but you have to get on with it and do what you can.”

Hudson-Odoi now has a new manager in former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, and he has revealed his experience from playing under the veteran midfielder.

“He’s been telling me, ‘You’re playing really well, you’re working well, you’re getting the ball and helping to create chances,” Hudson-Odoi explained.

“But you have to have that killer instinct of getting in the box and scoring goals’. That’s one of the things I obviously need to add to my game.”