Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
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Chelsea to limit Hazard role as Morata and Fabregas miss BATE trip

Chelsea to limit Hazard role as Morata and Fabregas miss BATE trip

There was little action on the pitch that would have warmed the cockles but the Blues did enough to progress through to the round of 32 after Olivier Giroud headed home early in the second half.

Arsenal booked a place in the Europa League knockout stage and extended their unbeaten run to 15 matches despite a 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon on Thursday, while Olivier Giroud's first goal of the season sent Chelsea through. "It's very important because then we can talk again about this competition in February, when we will have another target".

"The best thing is the result".

BATE had no such difficulty at the other end and the home side nearly went ahead in the 12th minute through Dzmitry Baha, but the midfielder's 25-yard strike hit the post with Kepa Arrizabalaga beaten.

For Sarri, it was a challenging day.

He added: "Today I was in trouble, too".

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.

"In the last match he played only for 30 minutes".

AC Milan stayed just a point adrift of Group F leaders Real Betis after Suso's second-half equaliser grabbed a 1-1 draw in Spain.

Predicted Away XI: Arrizabalaga; Zappacosta, Christensen, Cahill, Emerson; Fabregas; Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic; Pedro, Giroud, Willian.

"I think it's better for him to stay fit, with two or three training sessions, than only with matches".

"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.

And while Sarri admits his star won't play 90 minutes, there is no risk attached to him being involved. "You always have to work hard and keep the faith". He's a very important player for us, because he's a very, very useful player for the team.

'But I know very well that strikers want to score. He is a very important for us.

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