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Frank Lampard urges Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay at Chelsea

15 March 2019

Chelsea's manager Maurizio Sarri has expressed unhappiness with the pitch at Kiev's NSC Olympic Stadium ahead of his team's UEFA Europa League last 16 second leg tie later on Thursday.

"His potential as a player is very, very, high".

Meanwhile, Hudson-Odoi will hope to start at the expense of Pedro on the opposite wing while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is in contention for a midfield berth.

'He's improving every day and I'm really happy that he was able to play for 90 mins. "He can become one of the best midfielders not only in England, but in Europe". Physically, technically, he is improving tactically.

Giroud completed his ideal hat trick - goals with the left and right foot and one with his head - in the 59th minute with a towering header from a Willian free kick to make it 4-0 as the rout continued. He has scored nine goals in this competition.

"It's a mad one because a young English player at Chelsea at that age then you really want him to sign that long-term contract".

Giroud completed his treble before the hour mark, and goals from Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi mean that Chelsea progress through to the quarter-finals by an 8-0 aggregate scoreline.

"I prefer to face them in the final", he added.

"Firstly, I'd love him to stay at Chelsea", the Derby County boss told talkSPORT.

'So, for me, it will be very hard to play against them in Naples'.

Sarri was equally delighted with the performance of his side, who did not let their 3-0 lead coming into the match deter them from equalling their biggest European away win since the 1970s, scoring five on the night in Ukraine without reply.

Alonso was not satisfied with his first-half goal, and the Spaniard was only prevented from netting a second when Boyko somehow tipped his well-struck free kick onto the post and crossbar.

Frank Lampard urges Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay at Chelsea