Chelsea vs. PAOK Salonika - Football Match Report

Chelsea vs. PAOK Salonika - Football Match Report

Despite a fine showing from Callum Hudson-Odoi in Chelsea's 4-0 win over PAOK in the Europa League on Thursday, Maurizio Sarri squashed any ideas he might start this weekend.

"I don't know if he is able [to be ready] for the Premier League at 18, especially in a big team".

Barcelona are experiencing a defensive crisis at the moment, with a severely disheartened backline that has not only led to a sparsity of clean sheets but also to speculative interest in Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany as a potential centre-back reinforcement.

"When we met [recently], Maurizio asked: 'Do you remember, I came to visit you?' but I forget everything - even what happened yesterday", said Ranieri, whose new team have won once at Stamford Bridge in 54 years.

Morata's claim to retain his place in the team after an anonymous display against Tottenham, Spanish global Alvaro Morata was dropped to the bench by Sarri ahead of yesterday's game.

Hudson-Odoi was proving lively and another Chelsea youngster, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, forced a superb fingertip save from Alexandros Paschalakis with a fizzing 25-yard drive. "In December I will play games. But, believe me, it's still hard to stop them".

Sarri said 67-year-old Ranieri, who acquired the nickname "The Tinkerman" during his four year spell in charge of Chelsea from 2000-2004, said he would not go so far as to classify his compatriot as a friend.

Ranieri enjoyed his first taste of English football when managing Chelsea between 2000 and 2004, and admitted he always loves returning to Stamford Bridge.

Kepa let in three goals last weekend but was still Chelsea's best player.

"But I think Sarri is not inspired by me, he's a very good coach, because he arrived so late at the highest level".

"It wasn't clearly very easy to find a big motivation".

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