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Dynamo Kiev’s Olympic Stadium pitch is “a disaster” and could cause injuries, manager Maurizio Sarri said before Chelsea’s Europa League last-16 second leg tie on Thursday.

The Blues take a 3-0 first-leg lead into the encounter in Ukraine.

The Italian, whose side trained at the stadium on Wednesday, said: “I think it’s [the pitch] really dangerous.

“It will be very difficult to play good football here. We have to accept the situation.”

He added: “I don’t understand why Uefa give so much attention to everything, like the players’ list, and then we have to play on such a bad pitch. It will also be very difficult for Dynamo. It’s a problem for us but also for our opponents.

“I don’t know the reason, probably winter, because I played here two years ago and the pitch was wonderful.”

Despite holding a commanding lead, Sarri stated that this would be a “dangerous” encounter.

“Mentally it’s a very difficult match, because we can undervalue the opponent,’ he added.

“I know very well they are dangerous. I saw their other matches in the Europa League and they played very good football.

“So it’s a very dangerous match for us. We need to go on the pitch with the target to win the match, not to qualify, otherwise we will be in trouble. Our target is to win the match.”

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