Maurizio Sarri bursts Callum Hudson-Odoi's bubble moments after first goal

Maurizio Sarri bursts Callum Hudson-Odoi's bubble moments after first goal

"I don't want Kante in this position", Sarri told reporters ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash with Greek side PAOK Salonika.

Sarri has been reluctant to play the highly-rated youngster this season, with the teenager only making three appearances prior to the PAOK clash.

Sari confirmed Hudson-Odoi is in the squad to play PAOK, but added: "He has to improve a lot. And Jorginho, who is very familiar with Sarri's system following their time together at Napoli, believes Chelsea's defence was "stretched" because Hazard, Morata and Willian failed to press Spurs" defenders.

Khacheridi was forced to hack down the former Arsenal striker and was shown a red card by Kristo Tohver inside the opening seven minutes, making a tough task for PAOK all the more hard. "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". "Not easy to put him in the starting XI because, maybe, on the bench in the Premier League matches there was Moses or Pedro, so it's hard not to put that kind of player in the starting XI". Two strikers scored and that is very important'.

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"If he's already ready now to make a difference in the team like Chelsea, he would be the best player in Europe in two years".

Following the win, Hudson-Odio said the goal "felt like a dream" as he was able to create his first signature moment for his boyhood club. Every time I got the ball I wanted to do my stuff.

"I want to find a space for him".

'I will keep striving to play for my club. Loftus-Cheek also provided more evidence that he is progressing tactically under Sarri's guidance, and numerous starters got some rest ahead of Fulham. I am always eager to play but it is the coach's decision.

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'I will celebrate tonight with my family'. "It was only a reaction to the difficulties (we were having)".

Another good stop from Paschalakis to thwart Loftus-Cheek kept the scoring down until the hour, at which point Hudson-Odoi got the goal he craved by working the ball onto his right boot and passing it into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

'I've scored goals in the past but it's true that I was waiting for more chances.

Then Fabregas crashed the interview, saying to Hudson-Odoi, as the youngster smiled widely: "Hey, who gave you your first ever goal for Chelsea?".

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