Thomas Tuchel sends warning to Chelsea’s "expensive guys" after Southampton draw

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has suggested that the club's big-money signings need to step up in order for the Blues to be successful under his guidance.

The German boss could only inspire his side to a draw against Southampton on Saturday, with Mason Mount's second-half penalty cancelling out Takumi Minamino's cultured opener before the interval.

The result sees Tuchel extend his unbeaten start to life at Chelsea, but provides him with some food for thought ahead of their Champions League knockout stage clash against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

The Blues have failed to score more than twice in a match since the 47-year-old's arrival, with their lack of goals threatening to harm his side's chances against top-quality opposition.

When quizzed on the topic after the final whistle at St Mary's Stadium, Tuchel lamented the inability of his players to attack with tenacity, suggesting that Chelsea would have taken all three points if they had been clinical in front of goal.

"The structure is never the problem or the solution," said Tuchel in his post-match press conference. "It's always down to the players. The structure is fluid and in different structures you find different spaces.

"You can be sure we think day and night about scoring goals and creating chances. We play up the pitch and the statistics we have high up the pitch, we don't score enough.

"At the moment, it's a lack of precision. Not opportunities or touches in the box. It's down to decision making and today I didn't feel we killed the game when it was there to be done.

"My job is to win games, it's not to put some expensive guys together."

Chelsea's performance was somewhat overshadowed by Tuchel's bizarre decision to substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi, just 35 minutes after he was introduced from the bench himself to replace Tammy Abraham at half-time.

The Blues boss explained that the youngster was not injured, claiming that he was taken off as a result of his lack of positive contributions when on the pitch.

"No injury," continued Tuchel. "In a game that it is hard to create chances you need to rely on counter pressing to maybe force errors and get an easy chance. For that you need to be totally on and sharp.

"I didn't feel this from Callum today. He missed chances to counter press, missed easy balls.

"I didn't think he felt the game. Maybe it was unfair but I didn't get the feeling today that I normally get from him.

"It was a hard decision but nothing that will stick for long. Tomorrow it will be forgotten and we will prepare for Atletico."

Despite the controversial move, which is sure to be the cause of embarrassment for any player, Tuchel stressed that the decision was nothing personal and urged Hudson-Odoi to show a higher level of determination in future outings in order to avoid a repeat.

"Everyone has to understand that I take decisions to win games," added the Chelsea boss. "And there is no problem that he makes mistakes and has a bad game, but we can't lack energy even 10 per cent or 5 per cent.

"He knows what I demand from him and when he doesn't reach this level, it's a hard decision."

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