Chelsea pitch fears played down by UEFA

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Maurizio Sarri has chosen to hand starts to academy graduates Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek as Chelsea take on Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Europa League.

Dynamo Kiev manager Aleksandr Khatskevich tweaks his side slightly from the side that lost 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg.

It comes after head coach Maurizio Sarri described it as "dangerous" ahead of the Europa League last-16 second-leg tie between the two sides on Thursday evening.

According to Sarri, the pitch at Kiev's NSC Olympic Stadium is not good and that can really affect the Blues performance against the hosts.

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Chelsea’s Sarri unhappy with sorry state of Kiev pitch

"Of course, I don't want to stay here talking about this situation, but when they do that, we don't feel good inside the pitch". I don't know him that well but I'm sure that's the standard at Chelsea he's going by himself. "It's really very unsafe for injuries", Sarri was quoted by NAN as telling reporters.

"I don't know the reason, probably winter, because I played here two years ago and the pitch was wonderful [but it is now] very, very risky". "[But now, it is] very, very risky". "There isn't another solution, but I can not understand why Uefa are so, so (concerned) about having to present the player list at a certain minute, but then we have to play in such a bad pitch".

He picked Kante as the quietest Blues player, saying: "It is N'Golo a lot of the time but he can be loud as well when you get him to talk".

"It is really risky to play any football here at this moment".

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