Hargreaves: Hudson-Odoi better than Chelsea signing Pulisic

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Thursday night's home meeting with Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of the Europa League last-16 tie offers the possibility to extend that run.

Amid much speculation over the future of the teenager, who is wanted by Bayern Munich, he has been largely overlooked by Sarri - much to the frustration of many Blues fans.

Maurizio Sarri has held discussions with the Chelsea hierarchy about the club's pre-season plans, despite ongoing doubts surrounding the head coach's position at the club.

Hudson-Odoi has plenty of fans online who have been itching to see him feature in the first-team more often this season.

He's a very important young player. He needs to improve because he will be able to arrive to the top only at 22 or 23 years old, like every other player.

Although Sarri's squad is injury-free, he feels several plays need a rest - though that does not necessarily mean Hudson-Odoi will start, and he feels too much pressure is being put on the youngster.

"He is in my mind for every match".

"But I think we will be fighting for the top four until the last minute of the last match".

"I think that we have two big opportunities - this match and then when we will play the match against Brighton", said Sarri. "You have to improve, tactically, mentally and physically at that age".

"It's risky for him". I don't like to speak about him for this reason.

Hudson-Odoi will hope to start next week in Kiev after his goal, coupled with strikes from Pedro Rodriguez and Willian, left Chelsea with one foot in the Europa League quarterfinals. "But the result is a good result".

Sarri said: "For me it was really important, the performance in the final against Manchester City, because two weeks before that we lost in Manchester. We have to go there for the second leg with the right level of application".



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