Maurizio Sarri says he left Callum Hudson-Odoi out of Chelsea’s squad to face Bournemouth on Wednesday night because he only had room for three wingers.
The west Londoners were hammered 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium as Bournemouth ripped through the visitors in the second period, with Josh King, David Brooks and Charlie Daniels all getting on the score sheet.
Despite travelling to the south coast, and having impressed in the FA Cup last time out, Hudson-Odoi was not named in Chelsea’s 18-man squad.
Instead, Pedro and Hazard were brought back into the starting XI – having both been rested against Sheffield Wednesday – with Willian occupying a place on the bench.
Speaking about the decision to leave Hudson-Odoi out of the squad after the match, Sarri explained: ‘He was with us, he played three days ago.There was Willian, so I had only one winger on the bench. We have four wingers, one had to be in the stands.
Sarri’s decision to leave out Hudson-Odoi will have done little to convince the teenager that his future remains at Stamford Bridge, having had a transfer request rejected earlier this week.
The Chelsea boss went into greater detail about his changes before the match, saying: ‘We have to play three matches in six days, we have to change.
Pedro rested last match, today I thought better to change, same with Emerson and Marcos Alonso. Emerson in this moment is doing very well, played well in the last two, three matches he was on the pitch, now is the moment to use him in the starting XI.