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Chelsea's Hudson-Odoi ready for league start, says Sarri

03 April 2019

However, Sarri, who has come under increased pressure from the club's supporters due to poor results and unpopular team selection, has now revealed plans to hand the 18-year-old his first top-flight start soon.

"In that moment he wasn't ready to play at this level but during the season he has improved and is now ready to play, but I decided at the start of the season that he has to stay with us and I put him in the squad".

Chelsea were fortunate to beat Cardiff City at the weekend with Cesar Azpilicueta's equaliser well offside but they won't care about their good fortune and the Spaniard should once again start at right-back.

The head of the referees' union has said that any suggestion of violence towards officials is unacceptable after Neil Warnock said his wife would not have prevented him from "thumping" the match officials who oversaw Cardiff City's controversial defeat by Chelsea on Sunday.

And Sarri also refused to confirm that Callum Hudson-Odoi would start against Brighton.

Chelsea are in a four-way battle for the Premier League's two remaining Champions League places, but have the most ground to make up as they are a point behind both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United and three behind Arsenal. "We have won 33 games [in all competitions] and I think in England only Manchester City did better than us".

"I understand very well because I was really disappointed for my players because they were fighting".

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"I know the fans want us to win, and when the results are not there, we are all responsible". And Hazard 48. In the last two weeks, they played with their national teams for two matches. We are a group.

"I am not happy, of course, but I am not concerned".

"In my opinion, he is our future and now he is ready to play". I can understand. Unfortunately I am getting used to this. But, in the end, we are not doing so badly.

"He is ready to play, probably he will start tomorrow or in the next match", Sarri told reporters ahead of Brighton's visit on Wednesday.

Gonzalo Higuain has been struggling for form lately so we may see the South American dropping to the bench with Olivier Giroud given a recall up front.

"We have to look at ourselves, and if we want to achieve our targets we have to improve", he said.

His refusal to ditch Jorginho and return N'Golo Kante to his preferred midfield holding role was the first faux-pas, while his occasional use of Eden Hazard as a centre forward frustrated the Belgian winger.

Chelsea's Hudson-Odoi ready for league start, says Sarri