In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Dynamo Kiev manager Aleksandr Khatskevich reflects on his side’s heavy loss to Chelsea in the Europa League, Callum Hudson-Odoi makes an impression on Glenn Hoddle and Owen Hargreaves, and John Terry laughs off his recent touchline clash with Roy Keane.
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Chelsea on another level – Khatskevich
Dynamo Kiev manager Aleksandr Khatskevich admitted that his side were outclassed by Chelsea as they bowed out of the Europa League on Thursday.
The Ukrainian club had little margin for error after losing 3-0 in the first leg in London, but Khatskevich saw his side suffer more agony as they were beaten 5-0 on their home ground.
‘The reason for our defeat is the level of our opponents,’ said Khatskevich, as reported by the tournament’s official website.
‘We need to have character and self-respect. We made lots of individual mistakes at set pieces. Every player knew his direct opponent so these were simply individual errors.’
While Dynamo were missing key players through injury and suspension, Khatskevich said that there was a real difference in quality between the two clubs.
‘We started playing in the Europa League in late August with the playoffs and since then, we have played 12 games,’ said Khatskevich, according to the club’s official website.
‘The Europa League is now our level and when we come across a Champions League-quality team - we saw that there is a very big difference in class.
‘I thanked the players for the 12 matches in the tournament, which is an invaluable experience for them. Obviously, there are times when we do not have enough players available because of injuries and suspensions. We could do a little better if everyone were healthy, but it's hard to ask more from these players.
‘I think that from every defeat, it is possible to learn something. There isn’t a team that does not lose. We did not want to lose by this score, but what happened has happened.’
Pundits praise Hudson-Odoi
Hudson-Odoi had a goal and an assist as the Blues easily saw off the Ukrainian side and Hoddle feels that there is still plenty to come from the teenager.
‘He’s going to be judged over a long period of time,' said the former Chelsea player-manager.
'He didn’t start the game too well but he showed a lot of maturity as a youngster. He kept sneaking in and then on the left-hand side he got his goal.
‘I think he’s going to be a goal scorer which is an added bonus.'
Hargreaves agreed with Hoddle and hopes to see much more from Hudson-Odoi with the Blues.
‘I’d prefer it if he could get his minutes at Chelsea,’ said the ex-England international midfielder.
‘We need to see how he copes with a bad spell and how he comes out at the end of it. I think he’s a fantastic prospect.'
Terry laughs off Keane sideline clash
John Terry has downplayed his touchline clash with Roy Keane during Aston Villa’s 3-1 victory at Nottingham Forest in a Championship match earlier this week.
TalkSport reports that the Villa assistant manager got into a heated argument with Keane towards the end of the first-half after taking exception to a challenge from Forest forward Karim Ansarifard on Villa left-back Neil Taylor.
Terry complained to fourth official Andy Woolmer, to the annoyance of Forest assistant Keane, who left his dugout to remonstrate with the former Chelsea skipper.
The pair got into the argument with Terry later posting a picture of their exchange on Instagram and asking his followers to caption it.
The post has received over 70,000 likes and among the respondents was Terry’s former Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas, who commented, ‘Go on JT.’