Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Giroud breaks goal duck in Chelsea win against BATE Borisov

Giroud breaks goal duck in Chelsea win against BATE Borisov

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has explained why striker Alvaro Morata has not travelled with the rest of the squad to Belarus for the Europa League clash with BATE Borisov, insisting the Spaniard needs a rest after his heavy involvement of late.

"I like very much him, because I think he is a complete player". I think we didn't play very well, I didn't like the first half because we moved the ball only horizontally and slowly, so it was hard to be unsafe.

Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman believes Everton need to be winning at places like Chelsea if the team is to take the next step under Marco Silva.

Olivier Giroud's first goal of the season early in the second half proved enough for the Blues to book their place in the Europa League round of 32 against BATE, who vastly improved on their showing in a 3-1 loss at Stamford Bridge last month and struck the frame of Kepa Arrizabalaga's goal three times.

Richarlison bagged a brace against Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend, but he did seem to pick up an injury in that match and it could be that his absence from training has come as a result of that. We defended very well and they defended cohesively so it was hard to find solutions at times and stop them on the break. He's improving in moving the ball.

However, the Blues were creating very little in the final third, with only a miscued Olivier Giroud volley from a floated Ross Barkley pass coming anywhere near to breaking the deadlock.

"At Chelsea, I knew I'd improve a lot quicker around better players, world-class players". "He is on the way to becoming a very important midfielder, not only for us but for England".

Fabregas and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has a minor back problem, are the only doubts. "We felt that for him it's better to play, not for 90 minutes, but to play after two weeks of not playing", the Italian coach explained.

"I'm not nervous, I'm excited to play against my former club and team-mates".

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