Date published: Monday 1st April 2019 8:59
Jamie Carragher has labelled Maurizio Sarri’s comments about Callum Hudson-Odoi’s England debut as “stupid”.
The Sky Sports pundit has heavily criticised the Chelsea boss after the comments he made about Hudson-Odoi’s England debut last Monday.
Sarri admitted at his Friday press conference that he only watched 20 minutes of England’s 5-1 win over Montenegro – a game which saw Hudson-Odoi make his first England start before he has even started a Premier League game for Chelsea.
Hudson-Odoi was predictably back on the bench and failed to get a match action against Cardiff on Sunday and the 18-year-old winger is still waiting for his first start in the Premier League.
“I saw the English national team for 20 minutes and Callum didn’t start very well on the right,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “He did very well on the left, immediately in his first action. But I know very well he prefers to play on the left.”
Sarri criticised Hudson-Odoi’s early performance on the right, before he was switched to the left and began to have a positive impact on the game, but Carragher says Sarri’s comments were wrong.
“This is a lad who’s making his international debut. Why are you not watching the full game?” said Carragher.
“You could argue Sarri is watching a lot of his Chelsea team-mates, flicking the channels, but he doesn’t need to watch them, they are all 27, 28, 29. This is a young kid. Can he handle the spotlight of playing for England? This is a lad I’m trying to keep at my club.
“So to then just dismiss this lad’s international debut – maybe the biggest thing that’s ever happened to him as a footballer – I can just imagine the people above Sarri just shaking their head and thinking ‘why are you saying such a stupid thing in the press conference? We are trying to get this lad to sign a contract.’
“I would not be surprised if the people at the top at Chelsea were onto the agent and trying to calm the situation down.
“If he hasn’t watched it and he doesn’t think he’s played well, be clever, use your brain. Don’t say it. Say you did watch it. Of course, he has to improve, he’s still a kid, but to dismiss someone on their international debut I think it was an absolutely stupid thing to say.”
Bayern tried on numerous occasions to sign the player in January, but Chelsea stood firm and Sarri claimed last week that he thinks the player will stay at Chelsea next season.