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Maurizio Sarri shocked by 'dangerous' state of pitch in Kiev


Maurizio Sarri is unhappy with Dynamo Kiev’s pitch (Adam Davy/PA)
Maurizio Sarri is unhappy with Dynamo Kiev’s pitch (Adam Davy/PA)

By Ed Elliot

Maurizio Sarri fears for the safety of his Chelsea players after branding Dynamo Kiev's pitch "dangerous" and a "disaster".

Sarri's squad trained at Kiev's Olympic Stadium last night ahead of this evening's Europa League last-16 second leg.

The Italian could be seen pointing at the playing surface as he spoke with members of his staff and feels it has hazardous bobbles, which are possibly caused by the freezing Ukraine winter and could result in injuries.

Asked his thoughts on the pitch, the head coach replied: "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.

"I don't know the reason - probably the winter. I played here two years ago (with Napoli) and the pitch was wonderful."

Sarri, whose side lead the tie 3-0 following last week's first leg in London, also criticised governing body Uefa.

He thinks they should be doing more to ensure pitches are in an adequate condition, rather than being consumed by more trivial matters.

"I cannot understand why Uefa haven't really given much attention to everything," he continued.

"You have to present the player list at a certain minute, and then we have to play in such a bad pitch."

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