Chelsea boss Sarri: Dynamo Kiev pitch a disaster

14 March, 2019, 22:54 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Napoli beat Red Bull Salzburg 4-3 on aggregate in the Europa League last 16

Chelsea will be without Gonzalo Higuain, who is unwell and remained in London, while Sarri is expected to hand starts to Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ethan Ampadu.

The 18-year-old's future at Stamford Bridge remains in doubt after he allegedly handed in a transfer request during the January transfer window.

Maurizio Sarri, the head coach, called the pitch at the Olympic Stadium "a disaster" and predicted that it would cause problems for both teams as it is icy in places, muddy and covered with divots. But Lampard hopes that he will remain patient and ultimately stay with the Blues.

Kalidou Koulibaly salutes the Napoli fans
Kalidou Koulibaly salutes the Napoli fans

Asked who has been Chelsea FC's top player in training recently, Hudson Odoi told the club's website: "N'Golo, he's always working hard and keeping a high standard". Chelsea have invested heavily in the academy and I'm sure they are going to want to see the fruits of that. It's very, very unsafe'. It's a mad one because a young English player at Chelsea at that age then you really want him to sign that long-term contract.

Giroud added to Chelsea's 3-0 aggregate lead from a corner with only five minutes gone in Kiev to effectively end any slim hopes of a comeback from the hosts, and added a second from a wonderful Alonso cross just after the half-hour mark.

Hudson-Odoi got a second-half appearance in the draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend and every fan is willing him on when he's on the ball.


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