Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata missed the Carabao Cup semi-final clash against Tottenham due to a hamstring injury.
The Spain international scored a brace against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round tie and it was expected that he will start or at least have a role to play in the Carabao Cup game against Tottenham.
Sarri revealed before the game that Morata suffered a hamstring injury during Tuesday morning’s training session and has been rested for the Tottenham clash.
“Alvaro had a little problem in the last training this morning with his hamstring so we preferred him to rest,” Sarri told Sky Sports.
This afforded Sarri the opportunity to start Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, as he deployed a front three of Willian, Eden Hazard and Hudson-Odoi.
The Chelsea academy product only just made his 12th senior appearance for Chelsea at Wembley, and Bayern Munich are looking to use this opportunity to sign the 18-year-old as he draws close to the end of his contract.
Hudson-Odoi proved his worth to Sarri and was Chelsea’s brightest attacking prospect, especially in the first half. He offered constant threat down the right and was not afraid to attack Danny Rose, and Chelsea’s most promising attacks came down his side. Although when Sarri moved him to the left flank to accommodate Pedro, his attack seemed to die off and it also affected Chelsea’s play.
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has admitted that he likes the youngster and has advised him to remain at Chelsea.
“I like the lad,” Merson said during an appearance on The Debate on Sky Sports. “I mean, I’ve watched him play a few times and I think he’s got great potential.
“It’s alright having potential, you have to then go on and do it. We see a lot of people have potential and then they get in and they don’t produce.
“If I was his agent, I’d be sitting down with him – or if I was his mate – and I’d go: ‘Be patient, stay at Chelsea. Give it a while. You’re a young kid.’ For me, Bayern Munich are an aging football team. I think they’re going one way, Bayern Munich.
“He’s not going to be playing with your Riberys and your Mullers and people like that. There’ll be change at Bayern Munich. He’ll be expected to pull up trees and he’s a young kid.
“For me, I’d be saying stay at Chelsea, be patient and just see what happens in the next six months. And if you have faith in your own ability, you’d probably do that.”