Callum Hudson-Odoi was the lone bright spot in Chelsea’s most disappointing and upsetting 3-1 loss to Arsenal yesterday, but he alone unfortunately was not nearly enough to dig Chelsea out of the first-half hole. Still, his introduction at half-time was a breath of fresh air, bringing a much needed sense of urgency and quality to the proceedings, and hopefully something that will lead to more starts for the 20-year-old.
“At 2-0 down you come into the game and you’re thinking how you can impact the game and how you can try to change the scoreline around. So in my head I just wanted to give the best I could and try to change the game around.”
“It was unfortunate that they got another goal, but at 3-0 we still looked confident to push to try to get at least a draw back. We kept pushing until the end but unfortunately we could not get the result.”
Even during our long unbeaten streak, slow starts had already been an issue. But we normally managed to create enough chances throughout the 90 minutes to still end up with wins and points. That has not been the case lately, and yesterday, it once again came back to bite us, much to the disappointment of all.
All losses hurt, but the manner of this latest one hurts even more. And that’s true for the players as well, especially those who have been at the club for a long time, or, like Callum, have literally grown up at Chelsea over the last couple decades.
“It feels like we let ourselves down. We know that we can do much better than we did. We should have put the same energy we had in the second half into the first half as well. We should have had the same attitude from the get-go and pushed all the way through the 90 minutes. So we’re really disappointed in ourselves.”
“No matter where we are in the league we’re going to keep pushing until we get to number one and no matter what the game is, we’re Chelsea, we want to give our best every game no matter what and hopefully keep rising up the table. Every opponent we play against we want to try and get the three points, score goals, concede less. We’re going to keep pushing until the last day. No matter what, we’ll keep pushing.
“We’re all disappointed every time we lose. We don’t like losing. That’s the Chelsea mentality, we always want to win games. So when we do lose or we make a couple of mistakes in games, we’re all disappointed with ourselves. When we win we’re always happy, when we lose we’re disappointed, so we want to get back to winning ways and stay happy.”
-Callum Hudson-Odoi; Source: Chelsea FC
We don’t have to wait long at all for that chance to get back to winning ways. Hudson-Odoi & Co take on Aston Villa tomorrow. Let’s hope for a happier outcome.