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Maurizio Sarri's comments about Callum Hudson-Odoi after Chelsea 4-0 PAOK didn't go down well

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Callum Hudson-Odoi will never forget the date: November 29, 2018.

The 18-year-old, handed a rare start for Chelsea in their Europa League game against PAOK, gave a glimpse of the future with an impressive performance that included a goal and an assist.

It was the youngster’s first senior goal for the club that he has been a part of since the age of eight.

“As soon as I got the goal I couldn’t believe it,” Hudson-Odoi told BT Sport at full-time. "I thought it was a dream.

“As soon as I saw the crowd jumping I realised it was actually a goal and I’d actually scored the first goal for my club.”

It’s the sort of story that Hudson-Odoi will be able to tell the grandchildren one day.

But, of course, the England youth international isn’t ready for that stage of his life yet. He’s still trying to prove that he can make it at Chelsea.

Sarri: Hudson-Odoi isn't ready

Hudson-Odoi has found game-time hard to come by under Maurizio Sarri, but Chelsea fans could be forgiven for assuming that his performance against PAOK will inevitably lead to more minutes in the first team.

Apparently not.

Sarri insisted post-match that Hudson-Odoi isn’t ready for Premier League action, and the game against PAOK didn’t test his defensive capabilities.

Chelsea v PAOK - UEFA Europa League - Group L

The Greek side were down to 10 men after just seven minutes and rarely threatened Kepa Arrizabalaga’s goal.

“I don't know if Hudson-Odoi is able for the Premier League at 18, especially in a big team," Sarri said, per Sky Sports.

"I think he played very well but the type of match was for his characteristics as they had 10 men after seven minutes.

“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."

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Sarri’s comments haven’t gone down well with a number of Chelsea supporters, who voiced their opinion on Twitter.

Sounds like they are really, really eager to see Hudson-Odoi play.

Topics:
Europa League
Football
Maurizio Sarri
Callum Hudson Odoi
Premier League
Chelsea

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