Sarri plays down Hudson-Odoi hype

Sarri plays down Hudson-Odoi hype

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Sarri plays down Hudson-Odoi hype

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has dampened the hype surrounding Callum Hudson-Odoi, saying the teenager isn’t yet ready to play in the Premier League.

Hudson-Odoi impressed in the Europa League on Thursday night, scoring and providing an assist in the second half for Alvaro Morata, leaving sections of Chelsea fans begging to see him tested in league action.

However, it seems they will be made to wait a little while longer, with Sarri insisting that the player isn’t quite ready to make the transition to domestic action.

“I don’t know if Hudson-Odoi is able for the Premier League at 18, especially in a big team,” he said.

“If he’s good enough to play in a big team in the Premier League at 18 then he could be the best player in Europe in two years.

“I think he played very well but the type of match was for his characteristics as they had 10 men after seven minutes. We only needed to play in the offensive phase, he’s very able to do this but I want to see him in a match when he has to play in a defensive phase.”

The player himself was delighted with his impact, describing the moment he scored his first goal as a ‘dream’.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he added. “I got the opportunity to start today and I thought to myself, ‘Do you know what? Today could be the day’.

“Every time I got the ball I just wanted to do what I do normally, keep it simple at times but do my stuff, and as soon as I got the goal I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was a dream. As soon as I saw the crowd jumping I realised it was actually a goal and I’d actually scored the first goal for my club.

“For the assist, that just tops off the night for all of us. We worked hard and we deserved all of the goals that we got.”

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