Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has put Chelsea’s big win over rivals Tottenham yesterday down to patience and being clinical in front of goal.
The Blues made it four wins from four this season over the visitors with a 2-0 victory, and Hudson-Odoi has revealed that Thomas Tuchel’s instructions at half-time were to remain patient and continue playing in the same vein as the opening 45 minutes.
‘We continued to play the way we were playing. Trying to create as many chances as possible and stay direct,’ he said post-match. ‘We were trying to break the lines as they made it very difficult in the first half and we realised that.
‘It was tight in the first half, they shut down a lot of spaces for us. Obviously, we broke through, but in the second half we opened up and as you can see, we took our chances really well. We converted our chances well,’ the 21-year-old added.
‘We pressed as a team well. We opened the game up well as a team, we kept trying to find gaps and when we did it was good for us.’
Hudson-Odoi played a huge part in the opening goal, which saw Hakim Ziyech fire in a goal of the season contender. It was his neat footwork and trickery that saw him leave behind Japhet Tanganga on the left-hand side, before he remained calm and picked out Ziyech on the edge of the area.
When asked how much credit he can take for the goal, the forward acknowledged his own enjoyment of his fine wing play, but put the goal largely down to the stunning strike from the Moroccan.
‘Don’t tell him this, but I will take a lot of the credit!’ Callum said, joking. ‘Seriously, I am really happy for him as the goal itself was an amazing finish. I told him that as soon as he shot, I knew it was in. I could just tell.
‘I won’t take a lot of the credit as it was an amazing goal. I am happy for him because he deserved a goal for his performance today. It was a big game and big rivalry, so we’re delighted to get the three points. I am happy and smiling!'
Speaking of Chelsea’s hectic fixture schedule, Callum admitted it has been difficult to fully rest and recover in between midweek and weekend matches.
‘It’s been difficult. We’ve had to rest less and play more,’ Hudson-Odoi said. ‘We know games come thick and fast and they are very challenging. Sometimes the rest hasn’t been enough for us but at the same time, we have to get on with it and play every game as well as we can do.’