Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea, Europa League Round of 16, second leg

Ross Houston
March 14, 2019

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has described the pitch for Thursday's Europa League fixture at Dynamo Kiev as a "disaster" and warned it may lead to injuries for his players.

Chelsea, who won last week's first leg at Stamford Bridge 3-0, usually practice at their Cobham training ground in London the day before a Europa League away game, but appeared at the stadium on Wednesday.

Tottenham and Manchester City will become familiar foes
Tottenham and Manchester City will become familiar foes

Two more goals for Chelsea before half-time - Giroud's second and a sliding finish from Marcos Alonso from a Callum Hudson-Odoi cross - put the tie to bed for Maurizio Sarri's side with 45 minutes left to play.

Chelsea coach Sarri also criticised UEFA for not paying more attention to player welfare. It's really risky to play any football here in this moment and I think it's really very unsafe for injuries - but the situation is this. "It's a problem for us but also for our opponents".

"I don't know the reason, probably winter, because I played here two years ago and the pitch was wonderful (but it is now) very, very risky". "We know his quality", the Brazil winger added. Eden Hazard has traveled but will be on the bench ahead of Sunday's Premier League visit to Everton.

"Firstly, I'd love him to stay at Chelsea", Lampard told talkSPORT. It's a mad one because a young English player at Chelsea at that age then you really want him to sign that long-term contract.

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