Maurizio Sarri has attempted to explain why Callum Hudson-Odoi was omitted from the matchday squad to face Bournemouth last night.
We will not be dwelling too much on this defeat through fear of what it would do to our mental stability. The worst defeat of the Roman Abramovich era to date came in a season which was meant to be a clean slate with a new brand of football.
There’s plenty of questions to be asked in wake of the defeat, but none more significant than the fact that academy product Callum Hudson-Odoi was, inexplicably, not even named among the substitutes for yesterday’s clash with the Cherries.
Hudson-Odoi scored a brilliant goal against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday, with Sarri suggesting his game-time would increase and he should subsequently snub Bayern Munich. Yesterday was Sarri going back on his word, because his excuse is bullsh*t.
He’s quoted by Goal saying:
“He was with us, he played three days ago. There was Willian [in the starting XI], so I had only one winger on the bench.”
“We have four wingers, one had to be in the stands.”
The number of times either Willian, Pedro or Eden Hazard have been selected just days after playing leaves Sarri’s excuse looking flimsy. He appears to have little genuine interest in using our younger players. It’s incredibly sad.