Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel voiced his anger at Callum Hudson-Odoi’s efforts after the frustrating draw at Southampton.
Mason Mount’s penalty rescued off-colour Chelsea a 1-1 draw at Southampton as the Saints frustrated Tuchel’s Blues and put a halt to their six-game losing run.
Takumi Minamino’s fine finish put Southampton ahead at the break and Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men held on for a morale-boosting point.
But it was sub Hudson-Odoi who was in the spotlight at full-time. He replaced the injured Tammy Abraham at half-time but was hooked 30 minutes later and replaced by Hakim Ziyech.
Tuchel told BT Sport: “Clearly yes, we had all the chances and all possibilities to take the win, it would have been deserved, sometimes in football you concede one chance and they score.
“I am not concerned about Tammy Abraham, it was not about the injury, it was hard for him to show his quality. He could not put his stamp in this game so we changed the formation.”
Asked about Hudson-Odoi, Tuchel replied: “No, it was not injury-related; I was not happy with his attitude, energy and counter-pressing.
“In a game where it’s hard to create chances, you need to rely on counter-pressing to force maybe errors, to get a second ball and get an easy chance.
“For that we have to be totally on and totally showing for counter-pressing. And I did not feel this from Callum today.
“He missed some opportunities for counter-pressing, he missed some easy balls. I had the feeling he was never really into the game.
“You know that I trust him a lot because he plays every game for us. But today I was close to him. I don’t know, maybe it was even unfair but I did not get the feeling today that I normally get from him that he can be decisive.
“It’s a hard decision today but nothing that will stick between us or stick for long. Tomorrow it’s forgotten and we prepare for Atletico.”
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Mount: We were poor
Goalscorer Mount told BT Sport: “We had a lot of control in the first half. We spoke at half-time. We didn’t create enough in the final third. It was poor.
“They had one chance and scored, they caught us off guard.”
Mount grew up as a Portsmouth fan and scoring against Southampton was special for the England man: “It means a little bit more to me. But the most important thing was to get the win.
“We need to win these games if we want to be up there. We need to look at what went wrong.
“I was next on penalty duty. I was always confident.”
On working with new Tuchel, he added: “I’m enjoying it. We need to keep winning and keep pushing for results.”