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Chelsea consider complaint over ‘dangerous’ surface for Dynamo Kyiv tie

• Maurizio Sarri says Europa League pitch in Kyiv is a ‘disaster’
• ‘It’s really dangerous to play any football here in this moment’

Maurizio Sarri has described the Olympic Stadium pitch as “a disaster” and “very dangerous” ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League tie against Dynamo Kyiv, with the visitors to consider making an official complaint to Uefa over the state of the playing surface.

Chelsea broke with recent tradition and trained at the stadium on the eve of the last-16 tie, which they lead 3-0 after the first leg, with Sarri and his coaching staff making clear their displeasure at the condition of the turf as they inspected areas of the pitch. There are muddy patches dotted around the uneven surface, a legacy of the harsh Ukrainian winter, and fears that areas of the pitch watered prior to the game will freeze as temperatures plummet around the 8pm kick-off, making it even more treacherous.

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