Chelsea vs Villarreal: Tuchel explains new roles for Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi

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Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has explained his decision to play Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic as wing-backs ahead of their UEFA Super Cup game against Villarreal on August 11.

According to the German, it is his plan B.

Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic played in that position as the Blues beat Arsenal 2-1 in a pre-season friendly on Sunday.

Chelsea are currently without Ben Chilwell, Emerson Palmieri and Reece James, who were given extended holidays after participating in Euro 2020.

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Cesar Azpilicueta is still unfit, while it’s unclear if Marcos Alonso is nursing an injury.

“Yes, maybe [Pulisic will play in that position against Villarreal].

“He played there with me at Dortmund — and we have played many times like this with Callum [Hudson-Odoi]. Marcos [Alonso] was not able to play [on Sunday].

“So we put Callum on the left side which is what I had wanted to see for a long time if he could, maybe, be more dangerous from this position with his dribbling, coming inside — which he loves and he did it [against Arsenal],” Tuchel told Hayters TV as quoted by The Chelsea Chronicle.

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