Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri handed Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi his first Chelsea Premier League start in the 3-0 victory over Brighton on Wednesday night.
There have been calls from Chelsea fans to play the youngster more often and according to Chelsea boss, Hudson-Odoi must adapt to play on the right side of Chelsea’s attack as he did against Brighton if he wants to play regularly for Chelsea.
“The best of Callum is on the left, the best of Hazard is on the left, the best of Willian is on the left, but I have only one left! I am sorry,” Sarri said.
“Two of the three can play of course, but one has to adapt himself to the other side, as Callum did in this match for 80 minutes.”
Sarri also admitted he was impressed with Hudson-Odoi’s performance against Brighton.
“Very well, but I was sure about that. As I said yesterday Callum is ready to play in every match, also the most difficult matches, because he has improved a lot during the season. He played very well,” Sarri said.
“This match was very suitable for him. They usually defend very low and tight. He is able to start wide, and for him there was the possibility to play one against one 25 times in a match.
“I am also really happy with him because he defended very well. For us it’s very important to have three offensive players able to defend, otherwise it’s a problem for the balance of the team. So tactically now he is ready.”
Ruben Loftus-Cheek started in midfield against Brighton and scored his second goal in four days. The midfielder was substituted after 82minutes.
“Loftus-Cheek for the first time in the season is without his problem in his back. In the last 20 days he was able to have training every day,” Sarri said.
“Today he played very well, he scored a wonderful goal. After 75 minutes he had a little problem with his hamstring, nothing serious, only cramp I think, but tomorrow I want to be sure about the situation with his back because that is the big problem.”