Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had started Chelsea’s last two games but failed to make the matchday squad for the Europa League game against Slavia Prague on Thursday night.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admitted after the 1-0 win at Slavia Prague that Hudson-Odoi needed to rest but he refused give assurances whether the 18-year-old would start against Liverpool on Sunday.
“In my opinion he needed to rest,” Sarri said of Hudson-Odoi.
“In this match he was out. Emerson was also out. Of course he is in my mind for the next match, but I have to see the last two training sessions.”
Sarri’s first substitution against Slavia Prague was to withdraw Pedro for Eden Hazard.
Sarri admitted after the game that he would have preferred Eden Hazard didn’t come on against Slavia Prague/
“At the beginning of the match I wanted him on the bench, because I thought probably the match would be very difficult and probably I would need to use him,” Sarri said of Hazard.
“But if we were 1-0 up at the end of the first half I wouldn’t have used him.”
Sarri also revealed after the game against Slavia Prague that he was he was happy Chelsea suffered in the game without conceding.
According to Sarri, Chelsea have not coped well in adversity this season and he was impressed with how Chelsea rode out Slavia storms to pick up a third consecutive clean sheet.
“I’m really happy with the result, and also with the performance,” Sarri said.
“In this moment we are able to suffer, and in the past we were not able to suffer in the difficult moments of a match.
“In the past when we were in trouble, we immediately conceded a goal. Now we are able to stay in trouble to fight and to suffer without conceding anything. And so I think that’s a step forward for us.”