Chelsea vs Norwich
Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off will see Chelsea play host to Norwich.
On paper, this tie looks set to be one of the easiest to predict of the entire 2021/22 season.
Chelsea will kick off at Stamford Bridge occupying top spot in the English top-flight. The Blues have won six, drawn one and lost one (vs Manchester City) in the Premier League this term, all whilst scoring 16 and shipping just three goals in the process.
Norwich, on the other hand, have been the complete opposite. The Canaries sit dead bottom of the division having drawn two and lost six, scoring just two and conceding a staggering 16 goals.
A Chelsea win seems inevitable on Saturday, even if the Blues are not able to call upon their big-money striker.
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Tuchel on Callum Hudson-Odoi
Ahead of the tie, Thomas Tuchel has been discussing Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The Englishman has been unable to find a regular starting berth under the German and has been deployed in a right-wing-back role, rather than his more natural position on either flank.
However, with Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku out injured, one would assume Hudson-Odoi would be given a chance on Saturday vs Norwich.
But ahead of the game, Tuchel has sent a message to CHO. When asked if Lukaku and Werner being out of the Norwich tie could be a potential turning point for Hudson-Odoi, Tuchel suggested that one game is not enough and that he needs to play the next 250 games on the highest level, then it would be a turning point:
“The only person who can decide this and answer this question is Callum. It’s as easy as that. Is there a turning point? Okay, he needs to prove it. He needs to play the next 250 games on the highest level and then that would be the turning point. But is it a turning point if he has a brilliant match tomorrow (against Norwich)? No.
“It’s only a turning point if he makes it a turning point and a turning point is only if he does not only do one good match, one good half, 60 good minutes, but if he does it consistently. It’s as easy as that with every player.
“Once you do this you will have more minutes. Once you have more minutes you will maybe look back and say ‘That’s a turning point’. You need to fight for it. You need to deserve it. It must be a perfect fit in a perfect moment. “Sometimes you need a bit of luck. But in the end the only person who can answer that question is Callum. And we will support him in that situation.”