Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
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BATE Borisov 0-1 Chelsea: Giroud header sends Chelsea through

BATE Borisov 0-1 Chelsea: Giroud header sends Chelsea through

They have won just five games in 62 matches against the top six in the last 10 years and the Toffees' stand-in captain in the absence of Phil Jagielka believes that has to change.

Meanwhile, Blues boss, Sarri will be hoping to mark his first season at the club by winning the European title at the end of the season. It's not easy for me and I think it's not very easy for them. There was all the conditions to play very badly, for the cold, for the opponents, for the pitch, for everything. I think they are learning about this. 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.

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

That prompted a strong response from Bate, but Nikolai Signevich struck the left post and Aleksey Rios blazed over from close range as the Blues held on to win.

As the game clicked into the 51st minute, Hazard was fouled and sent the resulting free-kick soaring out of play beyond the far post.

They nearly took an early lead when Dmitri Baga's shot struck the outside of the post just before Igor Stasevich's flick from a corner was kept out by Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. "You always have to work hard and keep the faith".

Maurizio Sarri has an enviable record and even managed to oversee this victory while suffering from a fever, presumably the same illness that befell Cesc Fàbregas and ruled him out of this game.

"At Chelsea, I knew I'd improve a lot quicker around better players, world-class players".

"You have to tell him how important he is, ask him what he wants from the club and to give him a little bit more responsibility".

The England worldwide has become a regular under Sarri, scoring three goals in his last five Chelsea appearances.

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