Tuchel explains new roles for Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi ahead of Villareal clash
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Tuchel explains new roles for Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi ahead of Villareal clash

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has explained his decision to play Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi as wing-backs in their 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday afternoon. 

The two wingers were used in unfamiliar roles in the Mind Series clash, few days to the Blues' Super Cup clash against Spanish side Villarreal

Speaking after the game, Tuchel said this is his plan B. 

“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.

Chelsea will play Villarreal on Wednesday 11 August at the Windsor Park Stadium in Belfast, days before returning for the Premier League opener against Crystal Palace.