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How Callum Hudson-Odoi reacted to the role of the winger

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has admitted he thought coach Thomas Tuchel was joking when he asked him to play as full-back for the first time last season.

Tuchel has been more likely to use three center-backs since taking over from Frank Lampard, and with such fierce competition for front seats, Hudson-Odoi has sometimes been asked to act in the more defensive position.

The 21-year-old played this role in the German’s very first game as blues boss – a 0-0 draw against Wolves in January – and earned praise for his performance.

In a recent interview with talkSPORT, however, Hudson-Odoi admitted that he was initially unsure about the change in position.

“When the coach came in for the first time and told me to play full-back, I was just a little shocked. I thought it was a joke, “explained the 21-year-old.

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