Sick Sarri admits Chelsea were poor

Mateo Kovacic has told his team-mates to act with caution when they face Bate Borisov

Mateo Kovacic has told his team-mates to act with caution when they face Bate Borisov

However, in an intimidating stadium in one of the furthest corners of Europe, under the Belarusian fog, Chelsea have failed to produce anything of any real quality in the first-half of the game.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was delighted for Olivier Giroud after victory at Europa League opponents BATE Borisov.

"It was better in the first 20 minutes of the second half but we didn't manage the last 15 minutes well".

"The best thing is the result".

Cesc Fabregas was left out of the 19-man Chelsea squad that travelled to Belarus on Wednesday after suffering a fever, and Sarri revealed Alvaro Morata has stayed in the United Kingdom to rest after his two-goal contribution against Palace.

With that in mind, it could be argued that it would have been good to have played Hazard anyway, but he will feature for other reasons rather than that, as the Italian confirmed when he faced the press. 'I had fever. It was a very hard day for me'.

BATE, comfortably beaten last month in London, struck the woodwork three times, including deep in stoppage time, and Eden Hazard's services were required for longer than anticipated in Belarus.

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"In the last match he played 30 minutes, the best for tomorrow is that he plays 45 to 50 minutes".

Giroud netted early in the second half.

Predicted Away XI: Arrizabalaga; Zappacosta, Christensen, Cahill, Emerson; Fabregas; Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic; Pedro, Giroud, Willian. I think it is the opposite.

"It's true that I was hoping to score soon, because I came back late from the World Cup and after I lacked a bit of efficiency and luck sometimes", he said.

On Giroud ending his goal drought, Sarri added: "I am pleased for him. You always have to work hard and keep the faith". 'He's a very important player for us because he's very useful for the team. "But, I don't want him to be anxious about scoring, because for us he's very important, very useful".

"I think he's vital for the way Chelsea want to play".

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