Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi to work harder than ever to win back Thomas Tuchel’s trust.
Hudson-Odoi was subbed off as a substitute during Chelsea’s draw with Southampton on Saturday. The 20-year-old was brought in at half-time but was subbed just 31 minutes later with coach Tuchel questing the attacker’s attitude and energy.
Ferdinand believes the Chelsea boss was sending a message to the forward and the rest of the squad with the decision and says Hudson-Odoi must keep his head up and respond positively.
“I saw a lot of people’s comments afterwards saying it was out of order, it was this, it was that. But listen, if it can’t be true at any other club but Chelsea, it’s a results-driven game. So the manager is going to do what is best for the team,” said Ferdinand on his FIVE YouTube channel.
“Because at Chelsea it’s been shown, don’t care who you are, you don’t get time. So there’s no opportunity being wasted to improve a result or a team performance. So Tuchel did what he thought was best for the team and I respect that.”
“Now if you’re looking at it from Callum Hudson-Odoi’s position there are two ways you can take it. You can be bitter and sulk and throw your toys out the pram and say it’s a liberty, you feel disrespected, it’s out of order – which I can understand to a certain extent.”
“Or you roll your sleeves up and say you won’t let it happen again, ‘I’m embarrassed, my pride’s been shot to pieces with that, it’s live on TV, everyone’s talking about it, that is liberty and I’m not letting it happen again. And how he’s not going to let that happen is he has to draw himself a roadmap.”
Chelsea will put their focus in the Champions League last 16 when they take on Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night in the first leg of the tournament.