Former Chelsea star describes how Callum Hudson-Odoi mesmerizes Azpilicueta during training

October 14th, 2019 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green has revealed how Callum Hdson-Odoi consistently got the better of Cesar Azpilicueta on the training ground.

According to Green, the Blues captain “couldn’t live with” the 18-year-old during training.

Green told BBC Radio 5 Live: “We had Willian, Pedro and obviously Eden (Hazard) in the same positions but the manager had such a strong belief about playing the players he trusted. He would not play other players.

“It was the same team, the same formation every week, maybe one or two changes and Callum just wouldn’t get a look-in.

“We’d go into training and he’d tear it up day in, day out and the things he would try in training with no pressure… and he’d do it in games. You’d just see him trying stuff because he just wanted to.

“It’s not that players like this don’t care. It’s just that they can play with the freedom and understanding that they can try these things and are good enough to pull them off.

“He would try it in training against some of the best players in the world, some of the best defenders.

“Azpilicueta playing up against him in training… couldn’t live with him! He’d chop inside him and Azpi would turn around and go, “Oh God, he’s gone past me”, and then he’d just bend one in the far top corner or fire one in at the near post.”

Hudson-Odoi signed a £180,000-a-week deal at Chelsea last month and has returned to the squad from an Achilles injury.

Difficulties in securing first-team opportunities under former boss Sarri prompted Bayern Munich to make several failed bids for the youngster.

But Green claimed that speculation over Hudson-Odoi’s future was “water off a duck’s back.”

He added: “We would hear the Bayern Munich chat, the chat about other clubs and Callum would just be there smiling.

“He knew it was all going on but it was water off a duck’s back for him.

“Pressure didn’t exist for him. It still doesn’t.

“You look at someone like that, the way he carried himself, the confidence that he had in and around the dressing room was incredible to watch.”

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