Chelsea stars have already seen their new boss stamp his authority
Thomas Tuchel may only have been at Stamford Bridge for less than a month, but he’s already making his presence felt in the dressing room.
Since taking over from Frank Lampard the German has remained undefeated in seven matches, but his approach hasn’t been without controversy.
Tuchel brought Callum Hudson-Odoi on at half-time against Southampton on Saturday, but replaced the 20-year-old with 16 minutes remaining.
With no sign of the winger, who reportedly earns £120,000 per week, having sustained an injury, the move appeared to be tactical.
He said: “I had my reasons to do it. Was it the right decision? I don’t know, but it was my decision in this moment.
“And we had the only reaction that we wanted, which was he went back to his normal mood, a good mood, a smile, to good training the next day and very very good training today.
“I said that on the day, that it was a lesson for him and for me on that day and it’s forgotten, we move on and that’s absolutely been the way. It’s business as usual, no big thing.”
Danny Murphy, who played in midfield for the likes of Liverpool, Charlton and Fulham, believes Tuchel’s approach could have a detrimental impact on Hudson-Odoi.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Murphy said: “From a player’s perspective you might have set him back weeks or months.
“You could argue that he’s not strong enough… if that was me I wouldn’t sleep for two or three nights, I’d be low in confidence and then I’d pick myself up, I’d train twice as hard and I’d try and prove the manager wrong – but that’s not the majority of footballers now.
“Sometimes you get a good response from kicking someone up the backside, but what he did by bringing him off was shame enough. To publicly have a go at him as well, Hudson-Odoi is going to feel down about that.
“The bigger problem, and the risk he’s taking as a new manager, is he’s trying to be a bit too much of a tyrant.
“He’s trying to stamp his authority too much.
“What tends to happen is a group of senior players turn around in their little corner and quietly say, ‘Hold on, who have we got here? He thinks he’s the dog’s…he thinks he’s the top boy’.
“This is someone who is new in the job, you have to get the players on board. If you lose the players early, you’re gone.
“Have Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola got to the levels they have and have the rapport they have with their squad, their constant desire to keep going, getting players to perform and keeping players on the bench happy, by digging them out? No.
“You have to build that respect and rapport, you build that reputation where you do things and the players respect it. That’s what happened with Gerard Houllier at Liverpool.
“You respected his decisions, even if it meant you sat out a game or two.
“My point is, in his infancy in a new job with high profile players, in an era where egos are bigger than ever, players more than ever don’t like being criticised. You’ve got to get them on-side first.”
Chelsea return to action tonight against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.