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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has hit out at the "dangerous" pitch at Dynamo Kiev's NSC Olympic Stadium ahead of his side's Europa League last-16 second-leg tie on Thursday.

The Chelsea winger - who has seven caps for the U19s - has broken into the first team at Stamford Bridge this season, scoring four goals in 17 games.

Sarri has rested key players during trips to Greece (PAOK), Belarus (BATE), and Hungary (Vidi FC) in the group stages, as well as in the first knockout round against Malmo, when Marcos Alonso was dropped and Ruben Loftus-Cheek had to stay behind through injury. "It's really very risky for injuries", Sarri told reporters. "The pitch is not good". "The pitch is not good and I think that it's really risky to play any football here". But the situation is this. "It is very very unsafe".

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"But this is the situation and we have to accept it", he added. We have to play on this pitch. But, they will be wary of the threat of a potential comeback, something Maurizio Sarri highlighted upon during his pre-match conference as Chelsea aim to make the Quarter-Finals of the UEFA Europa League. Chelsea have invested heavily in the academy and I'm sure they are going to want to see the fruits of that. "It's a problem for us but also for our opponents". "I think it will be very hard, also, for Dynamo because the pitch is no good".

"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 that we have to take care of ourselves,"said Willian, a former Shakhtar Donetsk player returning to Ukraine". Sometimes that's not possible. But I hope, tomorrow, we just play well and win this game. "Of course it will be hard to play, to play our football, but we have to forget this and do our best".

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