Jamie Carragher believes Thomas Tuchel was wrong to haul Callum Hudson-Odoi off the pitch against Southampton due to his ‘attitude’ and has pointed out the stats to prove it.
Eyebrows were raised when Hudson-Odoi was taken out in the 76th minute at St Mary’s after his halftime introduction, with talkSPORT host Tony Cascarino, among others, suggesting the new Blues boss’s tactical move was “ too severe ”.
But speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher said Tuchel had every right to replace the 20-year-old, but suggested the reasoning he showed the ‘bad attitude’ was wrong .
“A manager gets paid to make decisions and get results,” Carragher began.
“Yes [Tuchel] I thought making this change gave them more chances of winning the game and helping Chelsea enter the Champions League, so I have absolutely no problem with that.
“Hudson-Odoi lost the ball seven times in the game and had 18, which maybe was a problem for the manager.
“But the two times he lost it badly, he was sprinting after the ball.
“When the manager says he wasn’t happy with his back pressure… I don’t really see too much of a problem.”
Carragher proved that only Timo Werner did more sprints than Hudson-Odoi in his 31-minute cameo as he tried to undo Tuchel’s reasoning.
He continued: “Timo Werner was the only player to have sprinted more than Callum Hudson-Odoi during this period.
“My problem with the manager is not to make him leave and not what he said after the game. I think it wasn’t fair to make him go.
“We don’t know exactly why he brought him out, but sometimes a manager sees a thing and wants to make a change.
“I think it was very hard to get him to leave.
“But that will send a message to Callum Hudson-Odoi and it will send a message to everyone coming off the bench as subs that they have to have an impact on the game. And he never had enough impact on the game.