Having added his name to the list of Chelsea goalscorers in all competitions this season which now numbers 17 (excluding own goals), Callum Hudson-Odoi spoke afterwards about the team bringing their training ground best to the match situation, his position on the pitch, and the way the Blues are approaching games.
Thomas Tuchel’s side emphatically proved it could be potent in attack despite absence due to injury of Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic, with a 7-0 thrashing of bottom-club Norwich City. Hudson-Odoi scored the second of those goals with an expert finish having been put through by a fine ball from Mateo Kovacic, and it was the 20-year-old’s cross that was later diverted into the Canaries’ net by one of their own players as the goals kept flowing.
‘We came with the right mindset,’ reflected Hudson-Odoi. ‘We knew we wanted to win the game trying to make a statement there as well. We're trying to score goals and trying to create as much as possible but at the back it's a clean sheet so we did really well.
‘All of us know how each other plays,’ he added. ‘We knew we had to combine as we do in training.
‘Norwich were sitting back a bit. It could have been difficult but we found a way through and obviously it is good that we got the seven goals.’
Hudson-Odoi was one of the front-three yesterday rather than in the wing-back role he has also been asked to fulfil, and he did himself no harm for being given more chances there with his display on the Stamford Bridge pitch.
‘My aim when playing in the front three is to score goals and make assists,’ he said, ‘but contributing to the team as much as possible will help me no matter what. So I think to myself that I've got to work hard, keep improving, keep showing the work off the ball as well, but it is helping by scoring and making assists as well.
‘That is my favourite position, I’ve always played there. No matter where I play I will give my best whatever position it is but I feel most comfortable there. I have been playing there all my life so I know the position very well.’
The games keep coming fast with a cup match against Southampton on Tuesday, and Premier League matches against Newcastle and Burnley as well as a trip to Malmo in the Champions League, all ahead of the next international break. They are challenges the Blues can face with confidence high after this weekend’s 7-0 came of the back of a 4-0 win when we hosted the Swedish side last week.
‘As a team were very humble,’ notes Hudson-Odoi, ‘and we're very determined we want to win every game possible. We come into every game determined to win, we don't want to draw so we don't sit back, we always go with high intensity and high pressure. So we're always hungry to get more goals and win the game with a clean sheet.’