Thomas Tuchel has revealed he addressed the brutal substitution of Callum Hudson-Odoi against Southampton in front of the whole Chelsea squad.
Just six weeks into his managerial reign Tuchel made a bold call by replacing Hudson-Odoi just 31 minutes after sending him on at half-time.
The 20-year-old winger kicked a bottle in frustration as he trudged up the steps and into the stands while Hakim Ziyech took his place.
Tuchel's actions were widely criticised, with Martin Keown blasting the German for "shaming" his player, while ex-Chelsea star Joe Cole warned him he faced a crucial 24 hours in camp.
But it appears Tuchel has successfully swept the incident under the carpet and moved on after tackling the issue head on with his team.
Speaking at his press conference on Monday, Tuchel said: "We decided to speak to Callum in front of the whole group not alone.
"For us it was not a big thing. I know it can be sometimes.
"Still I did it and we had the only reaction we wanted he went back to a good mood and trained well. This is the lesson for us to learn."
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Hudson-Odoi had been part of the move which led to Chelsea's equalising penalty, feeding the ball into Mason Mount before the subsequent foul by Danny Ings.
But it was the youngster's overall contribution which had angered Tuchel, who admitted after the game: "I was not happy with his attitude, energy and counter-pressing."
Expanding on his rationale for withdrawing the England international, Tuchel said on Monday: "My priority is very simple it's always the game we play.
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"I expect when we wear the Chelsea shirt we play to win and give 100%.
"Someday it's better and someday not so good. It's amazing and exciting to play Champions League games. We feel confident and focused."
Tuchel had already stated Hudson-Odoi's subbing would not hinder his chances of selection against Atletico Madrid in Tuesday's Champions League last-32 first leg.
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