Lampard shares how Hudson-Odoi reacted to being left out against Tottenham

Sam Preston December 1, 2020
Lampard shares how Hudson-Odoi reacted to being left out against Tottenham
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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has discussed his decision to leave Callum Hudson-Odoi out of the squad to face Tottenham on Sunday.

Hudson-Odoi started the Champions League trip to Rennes, which Chelsea won 2-1 late on to seal qualification.

But he was left out of the 18 which drew 0-0 with Spurs and Lampard has shared how the winger reacted to that.

As per Football.London, Lampard was asked about Hudson-Odoi at his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to face Sevilla.

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“Yeah it was difficult,” said Lampard “His attitude at the minute is bang-on, his work ethic in training. I did speak to him personally, because I wanted him to feel that.

“He’s getting better. I want him to stay positive. I have to leave out four or five players per game. He took it very well and it is not an easy conversation to have because all players want to play.

“He will get minutes tomorrow. His reaction was great and since the game in training today (he) has been great.

“He might not like it but then I have to look at who else I take out of the squad.”

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Hudson-Odoi faces stiff competition for places in wide areas at Chelsea.

As Lampard said, all he can do is react well when he gets setbacks because the reality is he won’t play every week.

But the game against Sevilla is another chance to impress, just as he did when opening the scoring in France last midweek.

With Chelsea already through, the pressure is off slightly, but they’ll still want to go through as group winners and Sevilla are a tricky opponent.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.