Thomas Tuchel risking ‘alienating’ Chelsea squad after just one month in charge

Thomas Tuchel is risking losing the Chelsea dressing room one month into his reign as head coach after double-substituting Callum Hudson-Odoi last weekend.

That’s according to former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy, who says Tuchel was trying to be "too much of a tyrant" by hooking the 20-year-old off away at Southampton on Saturday.

Hudson-Odoi was brought on as a substitute at half-time in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at St Mary’s, but almost 30 minutes after entering the fray he was taken back off again.

Tuchel ripped into the Blues academy graduate in his post-match interview, criticising his “attitude and energy” on the day.

The German has since revealed he held clear-the-air talks with Hudson-Odoi this week following his double-substitution, which allowed them to resolve their differences.

But Murphy believes he is playing a dangerous game by publicly shaming one of his key men so early into the job.

“From a player’s perspective, you might have set him back weeks or months [by taking him off],” he said on talkSPORT.

“Now, you could argue that he’s not strong enough then. Fair enough. Sometimes you get a good response out of kicking someone up the backside.

“But what he did by bringing him off is shame enough, and furthermore you then verbally have a go at him as well. He’s gonna feel down about it.

“The bigger problem and the risk he’s taking as a manager is he’s trying to be a bit too much of a tyrant. He’s trying to stamp his authority a bit too much.

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  • “And what tends to happen, as a group of senior players who’ve got bit about them, they turn around in their little corners quietly and say: ‘Hold on, who have we got here? He thinks he’s the dog’s [b******s], he thinks he’s the top boy.’

    “And all of a sudden, rightly or wrongly, I’m not saying that’s right but that’s what happens.

    “Players start going, ‘He thinks he’s god’s gift this fella. He thinks he can do what he wants.’”

    Murphy then added: “The other thing is, you’re talking about someone that’s new in the job. You have to get the players on board.

    “If you lose the players early, you’re gone.”

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