Chelsea’s Sarri unhappy with sorry state of Kiev pitch

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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.

Sarri said: "It's a disaster".

The 18-year-old was heavily linked with a transfer to Bayern Munich in the January window but a move failed to materialise. But Lampard hopes that he will remain patient and ultimately stay with the Blues. He's at a stage now where he should be playing and should be pushing regularly to get in that team. Is he working hard and is he developing every day in training and trying to improve? I understand Chelsea fans want to see more of him and he has to do everything he can to give himself the chance of minutes.

Tottenham and Manchester City will become familiar foes
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"You have to present the player list at a certain minute, and then we have to play in such a bad pitch...the situation is this, though".

'I don't know the reason for the pitch: probably the winter.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has hit out at the "dangerous" pitch at Dynamo Kiev's NSC Olympic Stadium ahead of his side's Europa League last-16 second-leg tie on Thursday. "It's really very unsafe for injuries", Sarri told reporters. I am not anxious because you know very well my opinion: I want in my team only the players who want to play for Chelsea, so I can not be anxious'. "I hope it can be agreed that he can stay at Chelsea".

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