Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Sarri confirms Eden Hazard will play against BATE Borisov

Xherdan Shaqiri was at the centre of controversy when he and a teammate celebrated goals with a pro Kosovo Sarri confirms Eden Hazard will play against BATE Borisov
Kristopher Love | 09 November, 2018, 15:13

However, he has scored four goals in his last three outings for the Blues, including a superb hat-trick in Chelsea FC's 3-1 win over BATE Borisov in the Europa League on 25 October.

Maurizio Sarri was delighted Olivier Giroud ended his goal drought, but insisted the striker should not concern himself with scoring for Chelsea. Davide Zappacosta and Emerson Palmeiri also get recalls in defence.

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.

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He added: "I didn't like the first half".

That will be a big incentive for Sarri and his squad, as with some big matches on the horizon and a busy Christmas period to come, to have the ability to rest as many players as he wants in the final two games safe in the knowledge that the results are not important, would be a nice luxury to have. "And tomorrow there will be such a fight, when someone will have to be left out of the game, someone will have to play, someone will be released as a substitute".

Sarri remarked afterwards: "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". It was really very hard to be unsafe.

Chelsea are in a similar position to Arsenal in that a win in Belarus should ensure that they finish top of Group L.

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

'But I don't want him to be anxious about scoring because, for us, he's very important and very useful. "It was a very hard day for me. 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 don't know if I am improving or if it is only the temperature". "Then we managed not really very well the last 15 minutes". I think it is the opposite.