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Chelsea youngster enjoying life under Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi says he is enjoying life under new boss Maurizio Sarri after featuring heavily in the Blues pre-season tour of America.

The 17-year-old, who has heavily impressed for Chelsea’s youth ranks over the last two seasons, has started both of the Blues’ games so far against both Perth Glory and Inter Milan.

And after dazzling in both games, the teenager says he is full of confidence that he can make his mark on the first team this season.

“The fact the manager is giving me the opportunity to play is really boosting my confidence so I just want to keep getting on the ball, pressing and working hard,” he says.

“The more games I play, hopefully the more I will be able to impress him as well. Getting the opportunities is obviously a good thing so I just need to keep going. I’ve definitely liked working under Maurizio. The way he plays suits the way I play because I like to get on the ball a lot, go forward and keep attacking, I either stay in the pockets or stay wide.

“With the way the team are playing, being on the left wing is very good because you get to drive at the defenders one against one or cut inside and combine.

“You just play with a free mind and play how you can play, but also off the ball we press to try and win the ball high up the pitch, so we defend from the halfway line and obviously attack from there. I like playing under him.”

Chelsea fans have been treated to some of the much talked about ‘Sarri-ball’ in pre-season – the Italian manager’s trademark style of play which involves high pressing, quick passing and constant movement off the ball.

While only getting his real experience of first-team football at The Bridge however, Hudson-Odoi says he feels like he is adapting well to the new system.

“Last season in the Academy we worked more on different shapes so we would change shape all the time,” he recalled.

“At the moment we’re playing with one shape and it’s working well for us as long as we keep pressing and keep getting on the ball and working hard. It’s different off the ball, but on the ball it’s the same, it’s just about doing your stuff and trying to create opportunities or score.”

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