Chelsea lost our 100 per cent record in the Europa League after our 2-2 draw with Vidi on Thursday night.
Maurizio Sarri made ten changes to the team that beat Manchester City 2-0 on Saturday with Willian the only survivor from that team. Sarri also gave starting opportunities to youngsters Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu.
The game looked to be heading Chelsea’s way when Willian scored Chelsea’s first with a fine free-kick. The lead didn’t last however, moments later when Ampadu, who was making his first start of the season, headed into his own net from a Vidi corner.
Loic Nego then hammered a volley beyond Willy Caballero to give Vidi the lead in the second half before substitute Olivier Giroud equalised late on for Chelsea.
Chelsea pushed for a late winner, but Vidi held on for a point.
Speaking after the game, Sarri admitted he was happy with the performance of the young players that featured and still urged them to improve. The Chelsea boss also refused to blame Ampadu for the own goal he conceded.
Sarri said at the end of the game: “On the pitch there were a lot of young players so it wasn’t easy to react. We made mistakes: we lost a lot of balls, we could have used the ball better, but at the end I am satisfied with the performance, especially from the young players.”
He also said: “The goal was not the fault of Ampadu. We were zonal marking, and at no point did we touch the ball in advance of the first zone, which is really a very big problem, so it’s not the fault of Ampadu.
“Ampadu played a very good match, especially in a team like this. We need to consider that if Ampadu played in the usual team, it would be easier for him. Today we changed 10 players. It’s not easy for the young players to play in a new team like the one in this match.
“I am also very happy with Callum Hudson-Odoi. Of course they need to improve, but they are on the right path.”