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Chelsea’s Sarri unhappy with sorry state of Kiev pitch

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has hit out at the "dangerous" pitch at Dynamo Kiev's NSC Olympic Stadium ahead of his side's Europa League last-16 second-leg tie on Thursday.

The Blues have all but qualified for the quarter-finals, after they won the first leg 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri said: "It's a disaster".

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. It's really unsafe to play any football here in this moment, and I think it's really very risky for injuries. It's a problem for us, but also for our opponents, I think. It's really risky to play any football here in this moment, and I think it's really very unsafe for injuries.

"I'm very pleased with all of the goals I scored and the assist I give to Callum, we gave a great team performance today", he told BT Sport after the match.

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'I don't know the reason for the pitch: probably the winter.

"So, even when the players aren't in good moments or play well, we need the fans to support us until the end of the game". Sometimes it happens, you get injuries.

Marcos Alonso, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Olivier Giroud, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Andreas Christensen, Davide Zappacosta and Willian all start.

Hazard's contract expires at Chelsea next summer and Zinedine Zidane's return as Real Madrid manager this week has increased expectations that the winger will head to Spain.

Questions have been asked about Sarri's lack of flexibility in his tactics, but Willian backed the Chelsea coach's use of Jorginho. Eden is one of the best in the world.

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