Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Sarri Showers Big Praise on Chelsea Star

Sarri Showers Big Praise on Chelsea Star

"I spoke with him for three days - I don't remember exactly - one month ago, or 45 days ago", said Sarri, who dined with Ranieri afterwards in the Chelsea training ground canteen.

Two goals from Olivier Giroud had already put Chelsea in control against PAOK, who saw defender Yevhen Khacheridi dismissed for bringing down the Frenchman in the eighth minute, and substitute Alvaro Morata added a fourth when he nodded in Hudson-Odoi's inviting cross with 12 minutes remaining.

The youngster is surely a great prospect for the future, however, he should be getting quality game time at Stamford Bridge to bolster his confidence level.

Christensen has been frequently excluded from the Chelsea set-up under Maurizio Sarri, failing to appear in the Premier League this season and relegated to roles in their Europa League campaign which is usually regarded as a second-string side being fielded.

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

After many tantrums and undeserved criticisms, the 32-year-old has returned back to his best form, banging in goals from different angles.

Cesc Fabregas has enjoyed a successful period at Chelsea
Cesc Fabregas has enjoyed a successful period at Chelsea

'He is a good player with a high quality, but I want more from him, ' said Ranieri.

Speaking at full-time, Hudson-Odoi described his disbelief when he realised he's opened his account for his boyhood club.

"I couldn't believe it when I scored, to see the crowd jumping was a dream".

"He makes assists but also he can score goals, these are important because he has very good timings to arrive, he has a good left foot and I say to him, "try, try", but, it's a little hard".

Fulham beat Southampton 3-2 last weekend but face Chelsea on Sunday without former Blues star André Schürrle.

"I thought it was a dream". We only needed to play in the offensive phase.

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