BATE Borisov vs. Chelsea - Football Match Report

Ex-Blues Midfielder Reckons Sarri has Unlocked Attacking Potential of Chelsea

Ex-Blues Midfielder Reckons Sarri has Unlocked Attacking Potential of Chelsea

Both sides were the beneficiaries of comical own goals in a insane first half which ended with Glenn Middleton putting the Scots 3-2 ahead, but Luiz Adriano and Sofiane Hanni both scored in the space of 71 seconds to snatch Spartak victory.

After the match Sarri said he was far more satisfied with three points than his team's performance.

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.

Both sides struggled to create anything of note during the closing stages of the game, although Sarri did hand Callum Hudson-Odoi the chance to gain more experience in the first team with five minutes remaining.

The Toffees have a rotten record at the stadium, failing to win on any of their last 23 Premier League visits, dating all the way back to 1994.

Giroud's well-judged header from Emerson Palmieri's cross in the 52nd minute did provide Sarri with the rarity of two strikers in scoring form following Alvaro Morata's brace in the weekend win over Crystal Palace.

"It wasn't easy to play a good game here, it was all the conditions to play badly, but I think we could have done better".

But Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, given a rare start just hours after being named in Gareth Southgate's England squad, had to be stretchered down the tunnel with what looked a nasty ankle injury in the first half.

"We wish him the best and will keep on encouraging and motivating him to get back".

"But you always need to keep working hard in training and keep believing, keep the faith".

Sarri added: "I'm pleased for him".

"The first two away we played with 10 players and nearly won. I don't know if I am improving or if it is only the temperature". "It was a very hard day for me".

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