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Maurizio Sarri reveals team thinking for Dynamo, calls for pressure off Callum Hudson-Odoi and labels schedule crazy

With the fixtures continuing to come thick and fast, as they have been for many weeks, Maurizio Sarri is again reporting line-up changes are likely when we take on Dynamo Kiev tomorrow, although that is made all the more easy by a good bill of health for his squad.

With the fixtures continuing to come thick and fast, as they have been for many weeks, Maurizio Sarri is again reporting line-up changes are likely when we take on Dynamo Kiev tomorrow, although that is made all the more easy by a good bill of health for his squad.

The Blues aim to build on back-to-back Premier League derby wins and establish a decent advantage to take to Ukraine next week when we begin our Europa League round of 16 tie at Stamford Bridge.

‘We are lucky, we have no injuries,’ Sarri announced when speaking at the pre-match media conference on Wednesday afternoon.

‘Of course we have some players very tired because the last week was very hard. We started with 130 minutes in the Carabao Cup final so it was a very hard and we need to consider this situation very well and we may need to rest some players.’


Callum Hudson-Odoi is one player relatively fresh having featured as a substitute at Wembley and remained on the bench in the two wins that followed.

The winger has featured in six Europa League games this season and Sarri was asked if that will be the case again tomorrow.

‘Hudson-Odoi is always in my mind in every match,’ he responded. ‘I don’t know if tomorrow he will be on the pitch or not but also the media have to put less pressure on the young English players, because they need to improve.

‘I have never seen a player of 18 at the top, so Callum, as with all the other young players in England, needs to improve. That is important and then he will be able to be at the top when he is 22, 23. [He needs to be] without pressure at the moment, I think the media put too much pressures on the young English players.’

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Sarri believes the Premier League could do more to help English teams compete in European competition.

‘In this moment we have played six, seven, eight matches more than the other European teams and eight matches means two months with a match during the week, so two months without training, so I think for an English team this makes it difficult to be competitive in Europe in March, April and May.

‘Yesterday we saw Real Madrid v Ajax and Ajax did not play the last match in the Dutch championship and Real [who were beaten] came from two matches against Barcelona,’ he pointed out. ‘There is a big difference.

‘The Premier League could do something more for teams involved in European competitions. With the Europa League in Italy, after the match away you can ask to play on Monday. One day more to rest is really very important. For example, we play in the Premier League 62, 63 hours after the match versus Dynamo Kiev. I think it is crazy.’
 

When it comes to the Kiev game, the boss is not concerned about having to play the second leg away.

‘My team is good enough to win at home and to win away. We know very well the two matches will be difficult, they are a good team, physical, young, dangerous on the counter-attack because they have two very fast wingers so we need two good performances, but our target is to play the same football at home and away.’
 

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