With the national players Timo Werner and Antonio Rüdiger in the starting line-up, the Londoners only scored 1-1 (0: 1) at FC Southampton coached by Ralph Hasenhüttl after their last five successes. Tuchel, with the Blues since late January, had five wins and one draw from his first six competitive games with Chelsea.
The series ended because Chelsea initially found hardly any gaps against the very attentive defensive of the Saints. Mason Mount (54th) showed strong nerves from the penalty spot and equalized. Previously, Southampton had struck ice cold through Takumi Minamino (33rd), who was on loan from Liverpool FC.
Tuchel then criticized offensive player Callum Hudson-Odoi unusually harshly in public. Tuchel had brought the England international after the break and replaced it again in the 76th. “We ask 100 percent,” said Coach: “I was not satisfied with his attitude, energy and counter-pressing. He is not in the form to help us. I was not satisfied with his body language.”
However, Tuchel added, “everything will be forgotten again tomorrow” – and Hudson-Odoi has “still every chance” to recommend himself for further missions. For example, in the first leg of the first leg in the Champions League at Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
For the Saints ended a negative run from the last six defeats in the league in a row.
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