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Chelsea‘s youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, speaking with Chelsea Tv admitted he watched his team-mate Eden Hazard in awe as he scored his first goal vs West Ham on Monday night at Stamford Bridge.

All I can say is that I watched the whole thing with my mouth wide open,” the England international said. “He’s an exceptional player, though, and I do expect things like that from him. I just watch and learn from him in training, and then in games. Watching someone like that, he is a superb role model to look up to.”

Hazard goal, and his second in the second-half were not only beautiful, but also very important in the Blues’ race for a top-four spot in the Premier League table. “The three points were absolutely crucial,” Hudson-Odoi told Chelsea TV. “A couple of other teams dropped points so we needed to get the result, and we did and we did it in the right manner as well. Our mentality was strong, we worked hard throughout the game, and we had to stay patient because they stayed very compact. So we just had to keep working, and getting our way through and trying to keep moving the ball, and I felt we did that well.”

 

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Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been charged with drunk driving after he crashed his car into a wall early on Monday morning.

According to reports by The Sun, the Chelsea midfielder, who was treated for minor injuries, had been at a charity party on Sunday night.

Drinkwater was arrested and then released on unconditional bail ahead of a court appearance on May 13.

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Chelsea defeated Dinamo Zagreb 6-4 after penalties today in London to gain a place in Uefa Youth League final-four which will be played between Aprile 26th and April 29th in Nyon.

The Blues went down 0-2 due to Marin‘s brace for Dinamo Zagreb, but in the last 15 minutes, Chelsea captain McCormick scored twice and forced the game to the penalty shoot-out.

Chelsea scored all their penalties, while Dinamo Zagreb missed two.

In the semifinal the Blues will face Barcelona.

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Speaking ahead of tomorrow night’s game vs BrightonChelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri admitted Callum Hudson-Odoi could make his debut in the Blues’ starting XI in a Premier League game.

I know very well Callum, and I want him to improve more because the potential is higher. And Callum is always in my mind. In my opinion, he is our future”. Sarri explained. Now he’s ready to play. Probably he will start tomorrow or in the next match Firstly I want to see the condition of all the players. The condition of Willy, Pedro, Eden, all the wingers. But of course, he is in my mind.”.

The Italian also said he has always thought about Callum Hudson-Odoi as an important player for Chelsea: “First of all, in pre-season after four or five training sessions, I realised that Callum was really a player with a very great potential.  In my opinion, in that moment, he wasn’t ready to play at this level. But during the season, he has improved. And now he’s ready to play.” Sarri went on. “But I decided at the beginning of the season that he had to stay with us, and I put him in the squad. So I know very well Callum, and I want him to improve more because the potential is higher. And Callum is always in my mind. In my opinion, he is our future”.  

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Yesterday night Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi made his full England debut vs Montenegro and he showed all his quality and skills.

The Blues legend Joe Cole watched the game as a TV pundit and praised Hudson-Odoi: “With his quality once he flips it on his right foot and goes outside you he has gone. You have to be a very, very good defender to combat it”. Cole told Chelsea official website. “The slight mistake he made in the first half for the [Montenegro] goal is a learning mistake. It’s something an 18-year-old would make. But what he brings you is power, pace, directness, and fearlessness. He is a great player and he can be even better. He needs to develop and he is getting better and better every time I see him.”

Also Joe Cole rememberer when he trained with Chelsea youngster:

I actually trained with Callum when I was coming back from America,’” Cole said. “I was lucky enough to train with the Chelsea Under-18s, and I saw him first hand. He actually stood me up a couple of times! You can’t catch him. Even at an older age for a footballer you can sort your feet out and stop them going by you, but with that pace and power there’s nothing you can do”.

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In the last few weeks Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri has been “under siege” with many fans demanding his sacking by the London club.

However, midfielder Mateo Kovacic spoke out and praised the Blues’ manager: “When players are used to playing other football and then to come here and change everything, it’s difficult”. Kovacic told Chelsea TV. “But he has his football in his mind and that’s a great personality. He just wants to play his football and that’s what we’re trying to do and trying to win a trophy. Because in the end the most important thing is to win trophies but the players know it. The players are used to winning trophies and I’m sure we will have a great year this season.”

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Speaking with French radio station RTLChelsea‘s striker Olivier Giroud admitted he is not happy about how things are going for him at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud started just one of the Blues’ last 16 Premier League games: “Of course it is frustrating. Today, I feel like there is no competition since January”. Giroud said. “It is like that, I know that I will only play in the Europa League and I will try to do everything I can to be as effective and decisive as possible for the team.”

Then, at the end of the season, Chelsea’s striker can decide to leave both the club and England: “The future could be hectic this summer,” Giroud went on. “I am not scared of going down a level to have more playing time. It could be that I end my career in France.”

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Chelsea‘s loanee Tammy Abraham has scored 21 goals for Aston Villa so far this season.

Now the youngster says his target is to play at Stamford Bridge next season as he believes he has the ability to do so.

As a young kid, I’ve always believed I will play for Chelsea. I always believe that”. Abraham told Sky Sports News. That’s the aim going into next season.  I think I have the ability to. I just have to, when I get the opportunity, grab it with two hands.”

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Chelsea will face Dinamo Kiev tonight in Ukraine.

The Blues won 3-0 the Europa League Last 16’s first leg at Stamford Bridge last Thursday.

Here are the confirmed lineups:

Dinamo Kiev: Boyko, Kedziora, Burda, Kadar, Mykolenko, Sydorchuk, Shepelev, Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Ferreira Pereira, Harmash

Subs: Bushchan, das Neves Pinheiro, Andrievsky, Frezarin Bueno, Shabanov, Smyrnyi, Alibekov

Chelsea: Kepa, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Christensen, Marcos Alonso, Kante, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud.

Subs: Caballero, Barkley, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Jorginho, Pedro, Hazard.

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Even if Chelsea defeated Dinamo Kiev 3-0 one week ago at Stamford Bridge, the Blues manager Maurizio Sarri doesn’t want to underestimate tonight’s opponent in Europa League last 16’s second leg.

I want to send to my team the message that the match is very important. I don’t want to make a mistake in this”. the Italian explained in his pre-game press conference.

Then, Sarri himself gave an irritated response when asked if Callum Hudson-Odoi will be in the Starting XI: Why not (Ethan) Ampadu? Tell me the difference,” Sarri said. “I have a lot of players of course. I know very well that for you (the media) Odoi is the best, but for me I want to see them all at the same level. Odoi is doing very well in the last period. He will be for sure in the 18 – maybe on the pitch, I don’t know. As you know, in the last match Odoi was the first change. So you know very well that Odoi is on my mind for every match.”

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