Chelsea fear injuries on Dynamo Kiev's horror pitch

Chelsea fear injuries on Dynamo Kiev's horror pitch

Maurizio Sarri has chosen to hand starts to academy graduates Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek as Chelsea take on Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Europa League.

The last time the Blues were in the Europa League was in 2013, when they went on to win it in a dramatic 2-1 final win over Benfica. 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. "The pitch is not good", Sarri, 60, said. "The pitch is not good".

"I think at the end of the season he will look back and think what can I do with my career". "It's really risky to play any..." But the situation is this.

"I don't know him that well but I'm sure that's the standard at Chelsea he's going by himself".

"We scored after five minutes which was a very hard situation for the opponents".

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Giroud's nine goals in a season is also the most by any Chelsea player in Europe since the 2012/13 season, when Spanish striker Fernando Torres reached the same figure across the Champions League and Europa League.

Dynamo have lost only two of 14 home European ties and beat their local rivals, Arsenal Kiev, 4-0 at the stadium on Sunday scoring all four of their goals prior to half-time.

UEFA has told Sky Sports that Chelsea's concerns about the Dynamo Kiev pitch are "mainly aesthetic". "It is very very risky". Sometimes it happens, you get injuries. "It means we are in the final, that would make me happy and Napoli are in the final and that would make me happy".

They will learn the fate of who they will play on Friday afternoon, with the draw taking place at 12pm.

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