SARRI REVEALS WHY HE DIDN’T FEATURE HUDSON-ODOI AGAINST BOURNEMOUTH

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Despite having a good game in the 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday, Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi failed to even make the bench for our visit to the Vitality Stadium.

Sarri opted to start a front three of Gonzalo Higuian, Eden Hazard and Pedro, with Willian on the bench. The Chelsea manager chose to bring in Willian for Pedro in the second-half all to no avail as Bournemouth defeated Chelsea 4-0.

Sarri has now revealed why he made the decision not to at least put Hudson-Odoi on the bench.

The Chelsea boss said after the game: “He was with us, he played three days ago. There was Willian, so I had only one winger on the bench. We have four wingers, one had to be in the stands.”

It’s a difficult period for Chelsea as the Blues might lose two stars in Eden Hazard and Hudson-Odoi at the end of the season, with their contracts expiring in 2020.

CHO is eager to leave Chelsea and has even handed a transfer request as the 18-year-old is keen on swapping English football for German football, with Bayern Munich keen on the Chelsea academy product and have seen four bids rejected for the teenager.

Speaking ahead of the Bournemouth clash, Sarri told the youngster to respect the club and the academy who brought him up.

“Callum is 18, he has to respect the club, the academy, everything,” Sarri said before Chelsea’s trip to Bournemouth on Wednesday.

“He has time. If you are one of the best young players in Europe, maybe the academy helped you. So you have to respect this.

“Of course, he’s a very great player. He will become one of the best in Europe also in another team, but he has to respect the work of the academy coaches, I think.”

Sarri isn’t doing Chelsea any favours by leaving Hudson out of the team, and the 18-year-old has proven time without number that he belongs to the first team. If Hudson-Odoi were in this game, he would have done better than Willian and Pedro who are both in their 30s.

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