Chelsea Manager Maurizio Sarri has more concerns over the Dynamo Kiev pitch than the team has his side take healthy 3-0 lead into tonight’s Europa League last 16 second leg match. Speaking before the game he described the Olympic Stadiums pitch as “a disaster” that could cause injuries.
Following his side’s training session at the ground yesterday the Italian was quick to add;
“I think it's [the pitch] really dangerous. It will be very difficult to play good football here. We have to accept the situation.”
He continued to say;
“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.”
After airing his concerns on the actual pitch, he then turned his attentions to the opposition also describing the tie as “dangerous” before adding;
“Mentally it's a very difficult match, because we can undervalue the opponent, I know very well they are dangerous. I saw their other matches in the Europa League, and they played very good football.
“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.”
Regarding Chelsea’s team for the game, they will be without Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain who did not travel with the squad after falling ill shortly after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Wolves, so the decision was made by the club doctor that he should remain at home to rest.
The home side also have their selection issues with forward Benjamin Verbic rated doubtful due to illness, while midfielder Vitaliy Buyalskyi is suspended.
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