When asked by journalists what he had made of Callum Hudson-Odoi’s performances for England in the international break, Maurizio Sarri deflected the question. First he replied he hadn’t had time to see it all, then said he hadn’t been too impressed by what he’d seen.
He was roundly criticised after that for his comments. Not because he had been critical of Hudson-Odoi necessarily, but for the fact that he hadn’t been paying attention when one of his young stars was having a breakthrough moment.
What is the point of the manager, if not to watch his players’ in international opportunities like this. We as fans certainly do.
Cesar Azpilicueta was talking more generally about CHO in the buildup to last night’s game against Brighton, and he may have accidentally embarrassed his manager with his response.
You can see his exact quote in the Tweet embedded here:
💬 Cesar Azpilicueta on Callum Hudson-Odoi:
"Can he help us in the run-in? Yes, yes, yes. I saw him with England, it was a great performance. To show this ability for someone who is 18 is special."#CFC 🔵
— Absolute Chelsea (@AbsoluteChelsea) April 3, 2019
So even a player made the time to check out his teammate’s big international debut? I wonder why a manager was so busy that he wasn’t able to do the same.