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'We can beat anyone in this competition' - Hudson-Odoi backs Chelsea for Europa League

7:12 AM MYT 22/02/2019
Callum Hudson-Odoi Chelsea 2018-19
The teenager hoped he made an impact with his goal in the 3-0 win over Malmo and thinks the club are among the strongest in the competition

Callum Hudson-Odoi believes Chelsea can beat any team in the Europa League and also hopes he made an impact with his goal in their victory over Malmo.

The Blues entered Thursday’s second leg with the Swedish club having lost five of their last 10 games and Maurizio Sarri under increasing pressure.

The London club held a 2-1 advantage in the tie after their victory in Sweden last week, but with perhaps just three games left to save his job, Sarri could afford no slip ups.

Though the game remained scoreless at the half, Chelsea broke through in the second half to roll to a 3-0 win and 5-1 aggregate victory to advance to the round of 16.

Olivier Giroud and Ross Barkley got Chelsea’s first two goals, while Hudson-Odoi capped the scoring with an 84th minute goal – his second in the Europa League this season.

The teenager told BT Sport he was pleased with the effort and the outcome, while adding he thinks Chelsea can emerge victorious against any team remaining in the Europa League.

"I'm happy with the result,” Hudson-Odoi told BT Sport. “We all worked hard and played really well. Our mentality was strong. We paced ourselves and we deserved the win.

“The goal is a bonus for the work that the team did today.

"We are strong enough to beat any team [in this competition]."

The 18-year-old winger was making his third start in the Europa League, but still awaits the same chance in the Premier League, where he has been limited to just four substitute appearances.

Frustration over playing time led Hudson-Odoi to submit a transfer request in hopes of securing a move to Bayern Munich, with the Bundesliga champions open about their desire to sign then teen.

Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola previously claimed Hudson-Odoi was liked by the coaches and challenged him to force his way past the Chelsea veterans in the line-up.

Treated to chants by the fans wishing he would stay with the club, Hudson-Odoi, even with the goal, expressed hope he had done enough to impress and play a role in the proceedings.

"Hopefully I did well and made an impact,” Hudson-Odoi said.

Chelsea’s next contest comes in the Carabao Cup final Sunday against Manchester City, who hammered them in the Premier League 6-0 on February 10.

Hudson-Odoi has started one game in the Carabao Cup – the first leg of the semi-final against Tottenham though he did not feature in the return leg.