Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri and his 21-man squad have arrived Kiev for Thursday’s Europa League second leg round of 16 tie.
Chelsea won the first leg 3-0, and Sarri will be expecting his side to round up the second leg with a good result and move on to the quarterfinal stage, with this competition presenting a good route to the Champions League as well.
Sarri oversaw a training session at the Olympic Stadium after arriving in the Ukrainian capital and was not happy at the state of the pitch.
Sarri called the pitch a disaster and was surprised UEFA approved such a pitch for the game.
Sarri told the media: “A disaster. The pitch is not good, I think it’s really dangerous. It will be very difficult to play good football here at this moment, and I think it’s dangerous for injuries, but we have to accept the situation and play on this pitch. There isn’t another solution.
“I don’t understand why UEFA give so much attention to everything, like the players’ list, and then we have to play on such a bad pitch. It will also be very difficult for Dynamo. It’s a problem for us but also for our opponents.
“I don’t know the reason, probably winter, because I played here two years ago and the pitch was wonderful.”
Sarri then urged his players not to be complacent ahead of the game, and stressed that they shouldn’t underrate the quality of their opponents. Sarri revealed that he’s expecting a difficult game away in Ukraine and wants his side to be mentally prepared.
“Mentally it’s a very difficult match, because we can undervalue the opponent,” the boss stressed.
“I know very well they are dangerous. I saw their other matches in the Europa League and they played very good football. They played very well in the last match here against Olympiakos.
“So it’s a very dangerous match for us. We need to go on the pitch with the target to win the match, not to qualify, otherwise we will be in trouble. Our target is to win the match, and qualification will be a consequence.”