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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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Speaking ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash vs Dinamo Kiev, Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri said the competition is one of the club’s target for this season:

The Europa League is a very important competition. It is the second competition in Europe”. the Italian said. “It’s a very important trophy, and then there is a spot for the next Champions League, so it’s a very important target for us.”

However, Sarri himself believes Chelsea can reach the next Champions League by finishing the current Premier League in one of the top-four spots: “I think we can gain the spot in the Champions League through the Premier League,” Sarri explained. “We are fighting. We are only two points [behind fourth-placed Manchester United] at the moment. We have to play one match [in hand]”.

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Eden Hazard will start against Dynamo Kyiv in the Matchday 3 game in Ukraine.
The official line-ups in full:
DYNAMO KYIV – Shovkovskiy (c), Danilo Silva, Dragovic, Vida, Khacheridi, Sydorchuk, Rybalka, González, Buyalskiy, Yarmolenko
Subs:  Rybka(GK), Antunes, Miguel Veloso, Petrović, Garmash, Gusev, Júnior Moraes

Manager: Serhiy Rebrov

 

CHELSEA – Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa

Subs: Blackman, Baba, Mikel, Oscar, Traore, Kenedy, Falcao

Manager: José Mourinho

 

Referee: Damir Skomina, Slovenia

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine

Kick off: 7.45 pm GMT

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