Chelsea consider complaint over 'dangerous' surface for Dynamo Kyiv tie

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Maurizio Sarri, the head coach, called the pitch at the Olympic Stadium "a disaster" and predicted that it would cause problems for both teams as it is icy in places, muddy and covered with divots.

"The pitch is very, very unsafe", he told reporters this week. The pitch is not good.

"I think this is unfair from them", he told a news conference ahead of facing Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League.

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Chelsea’s Sarri unhappy with sorry state of Kiev pitch

"This is the situation, so we have to accept it. It will be hard to play our football, but we have to adapt".

"So, even when the players aren't in good moments or play well, we need the fans to support us until the end of the game". I don't know him that well but I'm sure that's the standard at Chelsea he's going by himself.

Sarri, who was in charge of Napoli when the Italian side beat Dynamo 2-1 at the stadium during the 2016-17 Champions League group stages, also criticised UEFA for not paying more attention to player welfare. "There isn't another solution, but I can not understand why Uefa are so, so (concerned) about having to present the player list at a certain minute, but then we have to play in such a bad pitch". Willian is the captain for the night while Gonzalo Higuain's absence means a start for Olivier Giroud. I played here two years ago [with Napoli] and the pitch was wonderful. Yesterday in the evening with the doctor we chose to leave him at home in order to recover him for the next match.' the Chelsea official website quote him as saying.

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