Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has reacted to the 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League.
The former Napoli handler praised the performance of Pedro, explaining what is important for Callum Hudson-Odoi’s development now and while warning against complacency heading into the second leg in Ukraine.
Concise News reports that the 18-year-old came off the bench to finish the scoring on Thursday after the two wingers who started, Pedro and Willian, had netted in either half.
At the midway stage of this round of 16 tie, Chelsea are in a strong position, but Sarri is certainly not taking anything for granted ahead of next week’s trip to Ukraine.
“The result is a good result,” he said. “We were able to not concede, and to not concede a goal at home is very important in this competition. We could have scored more, especially in the first half.
“Now we have to be careful. We have to go there with a very good level of application and determination if we want to qualify.
“If you concede a goal you can go mentally in trouble. We have to go there with the right level of attention.
“He played very well, also in the defensive phase. He missed two or three goals but he played a very good match.”
Hudson-Odoi came off the bench to net his third Europa League goal of the season and the coach is confident in the young player.
“He does not have to do anything to convince me. He is a very great player. I have my opinion. In my opinion, a player at 18 years old cannot be at the top. He needs to improve until he is 22 or 23,” the Italian added.
“Now he needs to improve without the pressure of the media, the fans and the club, but he is in my mind for every match.
“To have pressure when you are 18 is very dangerous for a player. You can lose [sight of] the target. When you are 18 the target is to improve tactically, mentally and physically. I don’t like to speak about him for this reason.”