Sarri unhappy with the state of the pitch in Kiev

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 First Leg match between Chelsea and Dynamo Kyiv at Stamford Bridge on March 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Maurizio Sarri has expressed his displeasure at the state of the Dynamo Kiev pitch fearing the worst for his players ahead of their Europa League game.

The Blues head into the tie with a healthy 3-0 lead from the first leg of the last 16 encounter, but Sarri is concerned the quality of the surface will affect their gameplay.

The Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex hosted the Champions League finals between Madrid and Liverpool last summer.

The former Napoli manager caught a frustrated figure as his team trained on the surface this evening.

When asked to give his opinion on the pitch, he replied via the Evening Standard: “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. We have to play on this pitch.”

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Sarri also questioned UEFA for allowing such a surface to be prepared when they focus on arguably less important things.

He added: “I cannot understand why Uefa are so, so… You have to present the player list at a certain minute and then we have to play in such a bad pitch. The situation is this, though.

“It’s a problem for us, but also for our opponents, I think. I don’t know the reason: probably the winter. I played here two years ago and the pitch was wonderful.”

Chelsea have a difficult League game at Everton in three days’ time and Sarri is clearly concerned about his players coming through this game unscathed.


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