Maurizio Sarri fears Chelsea injuries due to poor Dynamo Kiev pitch

  • Maurizio Sarri fears Chelsea injuries due to poor Dynamo Kiev pitch

Maurizio Sarri fears Chelsea injuries due to poor Dynamo Kiev pitch

Chelsea winger Willian echoed the manager's statements, adding that players will need to be careful to avoid injury.

Chelsea are coming into the second leg of their Round of 16 tie against Dynamo Kyiv with a 3-0 advantage from the home leg.

Chelsea are considering lodging an official complaint to UEFA about the state of the Dynamo Kiev pitch, with Maurizio Sarri calling conditions "disastrous". There are muddy patches dotted around the uneven surface, a legacy of the harsh Ukrainian winter, and fears that areas of the pitch watered prior to the game will freeze as temperatures plummet around the 8pm kick-off, making it even more treacherous.

Asked about the surface, Sarri said: 'A disaster. "The pitch is not good". I know very well for you Hudson-Odoi is the best, for me I want to see all of them at the same level.

"The pitch will be bad for both teams". I don't know him that well but I'm sure that's the standard at Chelsea he's going by himself. I played here two years ago and the pitch was wonderful. "It is very very unsafe". "Of course it will be hard to play our football, but we have to forget this and do our best".

"Yeah, we know that we have to take care of ourselves", he said. Sometimes that's not possible and you get injuries'.

Chelsea will be without Gonzalo Higuain, who is unwell and remained in London, while Sarri is expected to hand starts to Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ethan Ampadu. Eden Hazard has traveled but will be on the bench ahead of Sunday's Premier League visit to Everton.

Willian also addressed the uncertainty over the future of Eden Hazard, following Zinedine Zidane's return to Real Madrid.

Sarri, who was in charge of Napoli when the Italian side beat Dynamo 2-1 at the stadium during the 2016-17 Champions League group stages, also criticised UEFA for not paying more attention to player welfare.