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Chelsea edge out BATE Borisov to reach last 32 of Europa League

10 November 2018

Russian Federation 2018 World Cup winning striker Olivier Giroud made all the difference in the game as his 52nd minute strike handed the Blues maximum victory away from home.

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. "I am sure we will improve this form". "He's a very important player for us, he's very useful for the team but I know very well that strikers want to score, and so for his confidence it's very important".

And things are looking good for Maurizio Sarri in terms of injury news too, with a fully fit squad at the moment.

Asked what aspect of the game pleased him most, Sarri replied: "The result".

"But, I don't want him to be anxious about scoring, because for us he's very important, very useful". It had all the conditions to play very badly, with the cold, the opponents, the pitch, everything.

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Replacements: Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Nepo Laulala, Scott Barrett, Matt Todd, TJ Perenara, Richie Mo'unga, Ryan Crotty.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Welbeck's replacement, had the first real opening of the game but volleyed wide from just a few yards out early in the second half. We moved the ball only horizontal and slowly.

"I think they can play together, but I think Loftus-Cheek has got to play one of the wider roles if Barkley plays, where your [Eden] Hazards, Pedros and Willians are", he added. But, I don't want him to be anxious about scoring, because for us he's very important, very useful'. It was really very hard to be risky.

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. Then we managed not really very well the last 15 minutes'.

"I maybe lacked a bit of efficiency and a bit of luck sometimes, but you always need to keep working hard in training and keep the faith", the 32-year-old told BT Sport.

Chelsea edge out BATE Borisov to reach last 32 of Europa League