Jamie Carragher has claimed that it was “not right” for Thomas Tuchel to sub off Callum Hudson-Odoi against Southampton.
The Englishman had made a bright start under Tuchel, as he started in five of his first six games in charge.
Hudson-Odoi was left on the bench against Southampton on Saturday. He was subbed on at half time for Tammy Abraham with Chelsea 1-0 down.
The winger only lasted 31 minutes, however, as he was taken off in place of Hakim Ziyech before the end. After the game, Tuchel criticised Hudson-Odoi for his “attitude” against the Saints.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, as cited by The Sun, Carragher said he could not see “too much of a problem” with what Hudson-Odoi was doing:
“A manager is paid to make decisions and get results. If [Tuchel] felt making that change gave them more chance of winning the game and helping Chelsea get in the Champions League then I have absolutely no problem with it.
“[Hudson-Odoi] lost the ball seven times in the game and had it 18, so that may have been a problem for the manager. But the two times he lost it poorly, he was sprinting after the ball.
“When the manager says he’s wasn’t happy with his counter-pressing… I can’t really see too much of a problem.
“Timo Werner was the only player who made more sprints than Callum Hudson-Odoi in that period.
“My problem with the manager is not bringing him off and not what he said after the game. I think it was not right to bring him off.
“We don’t know exactly why he brought him off. But sometimes a manager sees one thing and wants to make a change. I think it was very harsh to bring him off.
“But it will send a message to Callum Hudson-Odoi and it will send a message to anyone who comes off the bench as a sub that they have to impact the game. And he never impacted the game enough.”