When Olivier Giroud moved from Montpellier he'd just won Ligue 1 with the unfancied side and scored 21 goals to help them with the trophy but he was mainly known for being a handsome devil.
Hudson-Odoi was proving lively and another Chelsea youngster, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, forced a superb fingertip save from Alexandros Paschalakis with a fizzing 25-yard drive. "He's very able to do this, but I want to see him in a match when he has to play in a defensive phase".
Sarri was far from satisfied with the performance at BATE, despite sealing qualification for the knockout stages with two matches to spare, and is likely to restore rested defenders David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso.
He said he studied Ranieri's teams from afar, notably the Leicester side he coached to a remarkable Premier League title in 2016. "If he [was] already ready now to make a difference in a team like Chelsea, he would be the best player in Europe in two years".
England global Barkley played the entire 90 minutes of Thursday's 4-0 thrashing over the Greek side.
"Every time I got the ball I just wanted to do what I do normally, keep it simple at times but do my stuff, and as soon as I got the goal I couldn't believe it".
"I want him to play as well in the Premier League as he did in the Championship". He has been straightforward with me and I need to be ready for when the opportunity comes. "I will celebrate tonight with my family". "I don't remember very well, but I don't think he can remember this meeting", said Sarri.
Fulham boss Ranieri heaped praise on Chelsea counterpart Sarri, insisting his Italian compatriot merits high regard for his "Sarriball" tactical style.
He scored in consecutive matches for the Blues in October and has since emerged as key player for manager Sarri. "For this, I'm really very happy".