MX23RW : Saturday, September 21 22:18:36| >> :600:16596357:16596357:
Mar 14, 2019 at 5.55pm UK at ​Olimpisky National Sports Complex
Attendance: 64,830
Dynamo Kiev
0-5
Chelsea
FT(HT: 0-3)
Giroud (5', 33', 59'), Alonso (45'), Hudson-Odoi (78')

Maurizio Sarri criticises 'dangerous' Dynamo Kiev pitch

Maurizio Sarri criticises 'dangerous' Dynamo Kiev pitch
© Reuters
The Blues trained on the pitch on Wednesday.

Maurizio Sarri fears for the safety of his Chelsea players after branding Dynamo Kiev's pitch "dangerous" and a "disaster".

Sarri's squad trained at Kiev's Olympic Stadium on Wednesday evening ahead of Thursday's Europa League last-16 second leg.

The Italian could be seen pointing at the playing surface as he spoke with members of his staff and feels it has hazardous bobbles, which are possibly caused by the freezing Ukraine winter and could result in injuries.

Asked his thoughts on the pitch, the head coach replied: "A disaster.

"The pitch is not good. I think that it's dangerous, really dangerous.

"It's really dangerous to play any football here in this moment, and I think it's really very dangerous for injuries.

"But the situation is this. So we have to accept the situation.

"I don't know the reason – probably the winter. I played here two years ago (with Napoli) and the pitch was wonderful."

The stadium was the venue for last season's Champions League final and also hosted two of England's matches at Euro 2012.

Sarri, whose side lead the tie 3-0 following last week's first leg in London, also criticised UEFA.

He thinks the governing body should be doing more to ensure pitches are in an adequate condition, rather than being consumed by more trivial matters.

"I cannot understand why UEFA haven't really given much attention to everything," he continued.

"You have to present the player list at a certain minute, and then we have to play in such a bad pitch."

Blues forward Willian, who scored a superb free-kick in first leg, shared his manager's concerns and feels the team will have to be cautious .

"We know that we have to take care of ourselves tomorrow. Sometimes that's not possible," said the Brazilian.

"Sometimes it happens, you get injuries. But I hope, tomorrow, we just go there and play well and win this game.

"I think we've played on pitches that weren't the best as well, so we have to adapt."

Chelsea have a fully-fit squad for the game, aside from striker Gonzalo Higuain who did not travel after suffering illness since Sunday's Premier League draw against Wolves.

That result, which was secured by Eden Hazard's late goal, halted a run of three successive wins in all competitions to dent the club's hopes of a top-four finish.

Maurizio Sarri
Maurizio Sarri is unconcerned about his future (Steven Paston/PA)

Sarri again faced questions about his long-term future but the 60-year-old said he was unconcerned about his position.

Asked whether he will still be in charge at Stamford Bridge next season, he replied: "I don't know. I don't mind at the moment.

"For me, now, the next match is very important, and the next match against Everton.

"For me, the next season at the moment is too far (away).

"I want to be focused on these matches, first of all."

ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'});
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin);
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By Ed Elliot, Press Association Sport, Kiev');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', '3848875c-419a-479f-9d07-39884d091edc');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:sport,paservice:sport:club-news,paservice:sport:football,paservice:sport:uk,paservice:sport:world');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null);
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', 'sport:football');
ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), 'title': 'Maurizio Sarri criticises \u2018dangerous\u2019 Dynamo Kiev pitch'});

body check tags ::

Click here for more stories about Maurizio Sarri

Click here for more stories about Chelsea

Share this article now:
Instagram - Follow Sports Mole
Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrates Chelsea's third goal of the game against Dynamo Kiev on March 7, 2019
Read Next:
How Chelsea could line up against Dynamo Kiev
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Click here to log in with Facebook and add your favourite team's news and scores to this panel

6

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
/esi/758/0/index.html - esi:0:site:0:-p-: {0}: - :T758:-: {0}: < ! - - T  758 {0} - - >  : 
Premier League
Championship
Rugby World Cup
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Scottish Premiership
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Norwegian Eliteserien
Swedish Allsvenskan
Swiss Super League
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Ligue 2
Eerste Divisie
Major League Soccer
Brasileiro
Argentine Primera Division
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
NIFL Premiership
Welsh Premier League
Chinese Super League
Premier League 2 - Div 1
Premiership Rugby Cup
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool55001541115
2Manchester CityMan City64112461813
3Leicester CityLeicester632185311
4Bournemouth63121110110
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs622212848
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd52218448
7Burnley62228718
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd62227618
9Chelsea5221111108
10Arsenal52218808
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham522167-18
12Southampton621369-37
13Crystal Palace521236-37
14Everton621359-47
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton613258-36
16Norwich CityNorwich6204914-56
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle612348-45
18Aston Villa511346-24
19Wolverhampton WanderersWolves5032610-43
20Watford6024418-142

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account