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Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Cardiff City away at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has now slammed Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri for his poor handling of the Chelsea academy product.

Hudson-Odoi made his England debut during the international break and had a good game when coming on as a sub against Czech Republic and had an even better game in his first Three Lions start against Montenegro.

Despite the hype about Hudson-Odoi’s performance, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri wasn’t impressed with the 18-year-old’s performance and said he only watched the youngster for 20 minutes.

Jamie Carragher branded Sarri as ‘stupid’ for his comments over Hudson-Odoi and believes the Chelsea board will be furious with the Italian manager’s behaviour.

He told Sky Sports ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Cardiff: “My big problem with what Sarri said about Hudson-Odoi – and it really wound me up because I put myself in that lad’s position – was when he said ‘I only watched 20 minutes of that game and the 20 minutes I did watch, he didn’t even play that well’.

“This is a lad who is making his international debut. Why are you not watching the full game? You could argue he’s watching a load of his other Chelsea team-mates, flicking the channels, whatever. You don’t need to watch them. They’re all 27, 28, 29… this is a young kid. Can he handle the spotlight of playing for England?

“This is a lad I’m trying to keep at my club. So to then just dismiss this lad’s international debut, which is probably the biggest thing that’s ever happened to him as a footballer at a young age, to just dismiss it and say the 20 minutes I did watch he didn’t even play well – I could imagine people above Sarri shaking their heads and thinking, ‘Why did you say such a stupid thing in a press conference? We are trying to get this lad to sign a contract!’

“I would not be surprised if the people at the top of the club were onto the agent and trying to calm the situation down.

“You don’t dismiss that. And if he hasn’t watched it and he doesn’t think he played well. Be clever, use your brain, don’t say it. Say you did watch it give the lad a bit of a gee up.

“To dismiss the international debut I thought it was an absolutely stupid thing to say.”

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