SARRI HAS A MESSAGE FOR HUDSON-ODOI AFTER HIS GOAL AGAINST KIEV

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Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi keeps proving time after time that he has the potential to go on and be one of the best players in the game.

The 18-year-old was a second-half substitute in the 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League clash at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night, and the teenager scored the third goal for Chelsea to seal a comfortable victory for the Blues ahead of next week’s visit to Ukraine.

Speaking ahead of the game, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri had warned that the media should give the youngster time to grow and develop and not put him under pressure.

Asked if Hudson-Odoi would feature against Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, Sarri said: “Callum is always in my mind in every match.

“I don’t know if he will be on the pitch or not tomorrow.

“I think also that you have to put less pressure on the young English players. Because they need to improve.

“I have never seen a player of 18 at the top, so Callum, like all the other young players in England, needs to improve in this moment.

“That’s very important for him at this moment. Then he will be able to be at the top when he is 22 or 23 without pressure at the moment. I think you put too much pressure on the young English players.”

Sarri brought Hudson-Odoi in as a 78th minute substitute in the 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev, and he scored for the third time in the Europa League this season despite his cameo appearance.

Sarri said of his performance: “He’s a very important young player. He is 18 and still needs to improve.

“I don’t like if the press or the fans put too much pressure on him. At the moment he only has to think about improving.

“It’s impossible to be at the top at 18. He needs to improve and then he will be at the top when he is 22 or 23.”

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