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Hudson-Odoi wins over Tuchel

There is no room for error for Callum Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea. Every performance from the academy graduate has to meet the high demands of Thomas Tuchel. Fail to do so and he will be out of the starting XI. That was made clear to the winger ahead of the visit of Norwich.

“This is only a turning point if he makes it a turning point,” the Chelsea head coach said. “And a turning point is not only to do one good match, one good half, 60 good minutes. He must do it consistently. It’s as easy as that with every player.

“Once you do this you will have more minutes. And once you have more minutes, maybe you look back and say, ‘That’s a turning point’. You need to fight for it. You need to deserve it. It must be a perfect fit in a perfect moment.


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“Sometimes you need a bit of luck. But in the end, the only person who can answer that question is Callum. And we will support him in that situation.”

Hudson-Odoi began on the left of the attacking three against Norwich. It’s his favoured role, the one that he built his reputation in during his time in the academy. Yet under Tuchel, he has started in it just three times.

The 20-year-old needed to produce, to make an impact, to impress Tuchel. In the opening minutes of the contest, he didn’t do that. During a Chelsea attack, Hudson-Odoi played the ball to Kai Havertz and then hovered on the edge of the penalty area.

That drew the ire of Tuchel who blasted Hudson-Odoi for not getting into the penalty area. It was a ticking off that lasted a good ten seconds.

Fortunately, Hudson-Odoi wasn’t impacted and stepped up a level as the half progressed. He took his goal excellently and was a constant threat – one chance created for Mason Mount should’ve been finished by the England international.

In the second period, Hudson-Odoi was involved in another Chelsea goal; a cross from the winger clipped Max Aarons and evaded the reach of Tim Krul. It was fortunate but deserved given the positivity the youngster brought to the Chelsea frontline.

Hudson-Odoi was replaced with 20 minutes remaining and was given a pat on the back from Tuchel as he left the pitch. And the German intimated that Hudson-Odoi will be given another opportunity to impress when Chelsea take on Southampton in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

“He had a good game,” Tuchel said in his post-match press conference. “He played well against Malmo and had a good game today but there are still things to improve and to work on.

“Now it is on him. It is like I said before the game, he needs to show that he is able to produce performances like this consistently and now is the time to show. Next opportunity will be Tuesday.”



Callum Hudson-Odoi scored his first goal of the season in Chelsea's win against Norwich
Callum Hudson-Odoi scored his first goal of the season in Chelsea’s win against Norwich

Werner unhappy with his sweet treat

There was no Timo Werner in the Chelsea side yesterday; the German is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury sustained in the midweek win over Malmo.

Yet Werner was at Stamford Bridge to support his teammates against Norwich. The German took his place behind the Chelsea dugout and watched on as Mount grabbed a hat-trick, Hudson-Odoi struck and then forced an own goal, and Reece James and Ben Chilwell found the back of the net.

It was certainly good viewing. Only perhaps better with a sweet treat or two. Thankfully one of the Chelsea coaching staff was on hand to provide Werner with an in-game snack, although he didn’t truly appreciate the kindness.

In the 74th minute, Werner was handed a yellow wine gum. That didn’t please the German forward who immediately gave it away, prodded the support staff member and demanded another sweet.

We understand, Timo. If it’s not a red of a purple wine gum then what really is the point?

Chilwell matches Lampard achievement

The start of the campaign was not easy for Ben Chilwell. He returned to Chelsea late for pre-season after being part of the England squad that reached the European Championship final, although he was one of only three outfield players not to feature for a single minute at the tournament.

Chilwell then found Marcos Alonso in fine form at left wing-back and, as a result, the 24-year-old was stuck on the sidelines.

Yet a start against Southampton prior to the last international break resulted in a change of fortune for Chilwell. He struck Chelsea’s third that day, earned a recall for England, scored against Andorra, and then netted against Brentford last weekend.

“He got his chance against Southampton and he took it,” Tuchel said after the 1-0 win over the Bees. “He was able to score and play for England which gave him more confidence and today again he was strong.

“He’s in good shape but we need him in this shape because we have many games in many competitions to play. I’m happy and it was a decisive goal that will give him confidence.”

Unsurprisingly, Chilwell started against Norwich yesterday and produced another excellent display, barring one moment of slack concentration that almost gifted Norwich a consolation.

He got on the scoresheet again too and in the process became the English player to score in four consecutive Premier League games for Chelsea since Frank Lampard in 2013.

What Gilmour did after Norwich’s humbling

The terms of Billy Gilmour’s loan at Norwich meant the young Scot wasn’t able to feature against his parent club. No bad thing given how the game unfolded.

Gilmour would have had mixed feelings at Stamford Bridge yesterday afternoon.

He would’ve been pleased for Mount, Chilwell, James and Hudson-Odoi, all of whom he played alongside last season, but disappointed for his new teammates, who have yet to enjoy a win in the Premier League this season.

After the game, Gilmour was able to catch up with those he left behind at Chelsea and left Stamford Bridge with his good friend Chilwell.

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