Duo to wait on Hammers start
Maurizio Sarri says he does not feel the pressure to start Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek when Chelsea face West Ham.
Chelsea will host the Hammers on Monday night as their bid for a top-four finish in the Premier League intensifies, and both Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek are expected to play a key part between now and the end of the campaign.
Both young English talents shone in Chelsea's 3-0 win over Brighton in midweek, but Sarri rejected suggestions he had been urged by club bosses to hand both men more playing time.
Asked if he was under pressure to select Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek, Sarri replied: "No. It's up to the players, they are improving. In this moment of the season, they are fresh. So I think that, in this moment, they are really very important for us.
"But at the beginning of the season, Odoi had a very great potential but wasn't ready to play in the Premier League. Loftus the same. He had only to adapt to my football, to improve tactically for my football.
"Then he had a lot of problems with his back, and so we had to wait for him. But now they are fresh; they are ready."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.