Chelsea are expecting to advance past Atletico Madrid and only hard work can assure that according to Hudson-Odoi
Since Tuchel’s arrival, Chelsea have taken a better turn and looks more likely to advance past Atletico Madrid in the UCL race than under Lampard.
For Hudson-Odoi, the game next week is a very pivotal despite Blues already back in the top 4 with a game against Southampton tomorrow likely to strengthen their stay in the zone.
“I’m really excited!” Hudson-Odoi said. “It’s a massive game against Atletico, who we know are a big team and are doing really well this season.
We want to go into that game with the mentality of trying to win & trying to get through to the next round.”
“It will be a different game to what we were expecting, going to Romania instead of Spain, but it’s going to be big for us either way. We all know football is a crazy sport and it can go either way.”
“You can be winning one minute and the next minute you’re losing, especially in the Champions League. Our aim is just to give it everything we’ve got and let’s see if we can make it through.”
Speaking on roles he would be playing in the clash to triumph over Atletico Madrid, CHO said; “It was obviously a different role for me [wing-back] and something new I hadn’t experienced before but I saw it as a challenge. It’s something that I know I’m capable of doing.”
“If it’s offensively, I can use my abilities to do that going forward, but defensively as well now I’ve got to be more aware because I’m not playing as a winger.
“I’m playing wing-back so I have to get back much more.”
Callum Hudson-Odoi was handed the new role by Thomas Tuchel and it’s clear the young man is already loving life under the former PSG man.
“It has definitely been a good experience for me to learn a new position as well under the manager and it’s going well for me. I actually enjoy playing there – it’s not a bad thing for me,” – he continued.
“I really enjoy it so hopefully I can keep improving and hopefully keep doing well there. It had never really crossed my mind before.”
“Whenever I’ve played in teams with five at the back, I’ve always played as one of the no.10s, in a winger position or behind the striker. I’ve never played wing-back or thought about playing there…”
“So getting told I was going to play there was certainly something new to me but the manager helped me really well.”
He [Tuchel] was explaining stuff, how to play that position, the things to do going forward and coming back, which was really helpful for me to get ready for the game.”
“I watched some clips with him as well before the game to understand the positioning a bit so it helped me a lot and it was good to play there.”
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