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Speaking during his pre-game press conferenceChelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri gave some injuries’ updates and there are good news regarding German defender Antonio Rudiger.

Rudiger is okay,” Sarri reported. “We are trying to recover Kante but I am not sure at the moment”.

Also, the Italian spoke about Callum Hudson-Odoi surgery: “The operation of Callum went in the right way. He will be back here in one or two days”. Sarri went on. “He needs time now. Callum is a very strong young man, physically and mentally. I am sure he will be able to return better than before.”

Also, Maurizio Sarri underlined the importance of Sunday’s game vs Manchester United as the Blues want to qualify for the next Champions League. “The match is clear. At this moment it’s a very important match, probably more than important for our target. We will try to win of course, but we need not to lose. It’s a very difficult match for both”. Sarri explained. “We have to play against opponents with a very high level of motivation after the Manchester derby. They have a chance of the top four. Of course they need to win all the last three matches. But we need to gain points too. We need to fight and try in every way.”

 

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Callum Hudson-Odoi suffered a serious injury during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Burnley tonight, according to what Blues assistant boss Gianfranco Zola said after the final whistle.

Hudson-Odoi limped off five minutes before half-time at Stamford Bridge and N’Golo Kante was substituted at the interval after also picking up an injury.

Kante’s injury does not appear to be serious but there is concern for the teenager player.

“Kante shouldn’t be too bad but Hudson looks a serious thing. It’s a problem with his Achilles tendon,” Zola told Sky Sports.

More exams in the upcoming days will reveal the real extent of the injury.

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Chelsea take on Burnley tonight at Stamford Bridge in a very important Premier League game as Maurizio Sarri‘s men try to take advantage of Arsenal and Manchester United‘s defeats.

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Higuain, Hazard

Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Kovacic, Zappacosta, Pedro, Barkley, Giroud

Burnley: Heaton (c); Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Barnes, Wood.

Subs: Hart, Gibson, Ward, Long, Gudmundsson, Brady, Vydra.

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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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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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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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On Thursday night, Callum Hudson-Odoi scored his third Europa League goal and the assist was provided by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The two players grew together in Chelsea’s Academy and this had a role on Thursday night at Stamford Bridge vs Dinamo Kiev: “Even in training we always like to get the ball and play with each other because, obviously coming from the Academy, we like to play a lot, we know when to find each other, when the players are moving, when to give it to them”. Hudson-Odoi told Chelsea official website. “So I think Ruben saw me and he knew that I was in a better position than him so he thought: “let’s give him the chance to score”. It was really unselfish of him and I’m really happy that I got the goal, but all credit to him as well for finding me and letting me get the goal.”

Hudson-Odoi himself is enjoying his first experience in Europa League with the Blues: “Every time I play in this competition I feel confident to get goals and I feel like the team did really well, and obviously Ruben for the goal, saw me and picked me out really well,”he said. “So I think it was a good overall performance and I’m just happy to keep getting goals and keep playing.”

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Chelsea have one foot in the Europa League’s quarter-finals after beating Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev with a comfortable 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Goals from Pedro, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi are enough to give a commanding lead for the next round. The Blues had at least three more chances to extend the gap and score again before the Brazilian star converted a free-kick and the 18-year-old youngster came off the bench to add one for Maurizio Sarri‘s men.

CHELSEA – Kepa; Zappacosta, Christensen, David Luiz, Alonso; Barkley (Loftus-Cheek 62′), Jorginho (Kante 62′), Kovacic; Willian (Hudson-Odoi 77′), Giroud, Pedro.

DYNAMO KIEV – Boyko; Kedziora, Burda, Shabanov, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk, Shepeliev; Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Buyalskiy (Sidcley 71′); Rusyn (Garmash 66′)

Bookings: Shepeliev, Buyalskiy

Scorers: Pedro 17′ Willian 65′ Hudson-Odoi 90′

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