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NEW vs CHE: 2 mistakes made against Southampton that Tuchel should avoid on Saturday

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There will be no penalty shootout to help cover mistakes when Chelsea plays Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Saturday. In the EFL Cup round of 16 match against Southampton, the uncharacteristic mistakes Thomas Tuchel made meant the Blues had to rely on the lottery of a penalty shootout to make it to the quarter-final.

Newcastle has only managed 4 draws this season but that doesn’t mean it will be easy for Chelsea who has only beaten them 3 times in the last 10 matches at St. James’ Park. Chelsea has had 9 managers since 2010, among those that faced the Magpies only Maurizio Sarri had a 100% record at St. James’ Park and that was because he faced them once.

Therefore, this is not the match for excessive squad rotation, which the Chelsea manager was guilty of against Southampton. To win, he has to play the best available players. Apart from the squad rotation, I have stated 2 other mistakes I observed against Southampton which must be avoided. They are stated below.

1) Mason Mount being on penalty duties

Mason Mount seems to be the Chelsea penalty taker when Jorginho is not playing. That is a mistake as he missed his first penalty kick against Norwich and when he was asked to retake it he scored but it wasn’t a good penalty. It was low down the middle and Tim Krul nearly saved it with his leg.

In addition, he was the only Chelsea player that missed in the penalty shootout against Southampton and he also missed in last season’s EFL Cup match against Tottenham.

I know every player misses once in a while but I don’t think Mount is good at it. Against Newcastle, another player should take over from Mount. If a penalty is awarded to Chelsea when Jorginho is not playing or has been substituted, that player will take it.

2) Callum Hudson-Odoi was played out of position

With Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner still injured, Hudson-Odoi will likely start against Newcastle. However, the position he plays from the start matters.

Before the game against Southampton, he started his last 3 matches on the left wing. In that position, he created chances, assisted a goal and scored. However, against Southampton Tuchel once again played him out of position by starting him on the right wing-back position.

That was a mistake as it reduced his influence on the game. His performance was far better after Tuchel substituted Hakim Ziyech and asked him to join the 3 players upfront. Against Newcastle, if Hudson-Odoi should play it has to be as a winger and not a wing-back. There will be no opportunities after 90 minutes to rewrite any wrong.

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