On both an individual and collective level, disappointment was the overriding emotion for Callum Hudson-Odoi following Chelsea’s draw with Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
The forward started his eighth consecutive match for the club but could not net in back-to-back games as David De Gea denied him one-on-one early on with the contest still goalless. The Blues eventually fell behind when Jadon Sancho, another young Londoner impressing on the Premier League stage, fired United ahead early in the second half.
Yet Thomas Tuchel’s men fought back from behind to take something from the game for only the third time in nine occasions in which we’ve trailed under the German, Thiago Silva fouled for a spot-kick and Jorginho converting.
After the game, Hudson-Odoi summed up the dressing room mood as frustrated with the result but pleased with most of the performance.
‘I feel like it’s two vital points dropped,’ he said. ‘We dominated the game, we had chances and even I had a big chance myself but it was a good save by De Gea.
‘It was a disappointing one for us today. I thought we played really well, we worked hard off the ball and we deserved the three points so it definitely feels like two dropped.’
With 24 efforts at goal to United’s three, 15 corners to two and over twice as many completed passes, the statistics also supported Hudson-Odoi’s view that the hosts were the dominant team.
Yet our failure to score from open play proved costly and the Wandsworth winger felt a final cutting edge was missing in attack.
‘It was just the last bit in the box really,’ explained the 21-year-old. ‘We did everything else really well. Our build-up play was good, even around the box at times, but it was just the last bit that we missed and scoring that goal that we needed.
‘It was disappointing not to get it but we have to recover, reflect on the game and go again on Wednesday [against Watford] to try to get the win.’
Chelsea will go into that trip to Vicarage Road still top of the Premier League, albeit having seen our lead reduced to just a point on Manchester City this weekend.
‘It’s obviously important to be top but games like today where we’re on top and we feel like we dropped two points are hard,’ Hudson-Odoi added.
‘We feel like if we had won we could have stayed three points ahead so it’s definitely disappointing but we have the one point and at least we didn’t lose the game.’