Sarri set to give Hudson-Odoi first Premier League start

Chelsea have released their squad that will tackle Brighton in today's Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge.

Yet the midfielder has struggled to convince manager Maurizio Sarri of his worth in the Blues XI.

"It took Hudson-Odoi 38 minutes on his first Premier League start to get an assist".

The kick-off time for the match is 7:45 pm. "If they are able to improve we will be able to improve as a team", Sarri said, as quoted by the official website.

Sarri also addressed the controversy which surrounded Azpilicueta's equaliser which turned the tide in the game against Cardiff and set Chelsea on course for a victory which had appeared most unlikely for large parts of the game on Sunday.

And Chelsea fans on social media were abuzz about Hudson-Odoi.

Even though he has not played much club football this season, Hudson-Odoi proved that he is capable of handling the demands of worldwide football during the opportunities which were handed to him by Southgate.

Romelu Lukaku is the Red Devils' top scorer with 12 league goals this season, while Marcus Rashford's goal at the weekend against Watford saw him become the fourth United play to reach the ten-goal mark in the Premier League, and it's the first time since the 1995-96 campaign that four United players have reached double figures in the goal-scoring charts in the league.

"Probably he will start tomorrow or in the next match, but first I want to see the condition of all the players", Sarri added.

"I know Callum very well and I want him to improve more because his potential is high and Callum is always in my mind".

"We keep getting knock-backs, I will probably play the U23s on Wednesday against Manchester City and try to keep it down to 10 or 11".

"I know Callum very well", said Sarri. It can happen. I can understand well the frustration of our fans. You nearly begin to think: 'is it me?

"We have won 33 games [in all competitions] and I think in England only Manchester City did better than us".

The former Napoli boss said that he although he understood the criticism, he was not happy with hearing the chanting, adding that he believes Chelsea "are not doing so badly" during his first season in charge.