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SportChelsea Player Ratings: BATE Borisov (A)

22:15  08 november  2018
22:15  08 november  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Five senior Chelsea players left out of squad to face BATE Borisov

Five senior Chelsea players left out of squad to face BATE Borisov Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri will be forced into rotating his squad against BATE Borisov in the Europa League following claims as many as five senior players did not travel. Simon Johnson of the Evening Standard confirmed on Twitter that both Alvaro Morata and Antonio Rudiger did not travel with the rest of the squad. Victor Moses, Marcos Alonso and David Luiz are also not believed to be in Belarus for the Europa League clash. The game will give Sarri a chance to hand out some more minutes to fringe players like Emerson and Andreas Christensen, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also expected to start. Chelsea have been keen to avoid fatigue through unnecessary travel for first-team regulars. The Blues have however taken the decision to bring Eden Hazard along for the game, despite suggestions he would stay at home. Something that could perhaps hint the Belgian may be involved on Thursday night as he continues to work his way back to full fitness.

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Chelsea in numbers. This is our 27th season in European competition and fifth in the Europa League/UEFA Cup. We had not played before Chelsea are looking to win our first three European group-stage games in a season for the first time since the 2010/11 Champions League campaign.

Chelsea Player Ratings: BATE Borisov (A) © Nigel Roddis/Getty Images Sport Burnley FC v Chelsea FC - Premier League

Chelsea continued their unbeaten start to the season as they narrowly defeated BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

The Blues continued to impress in the competition and extended their lead at the top of Group L as Olivier Giroud’s first goal of the season secured all three points for Maurizio Sarri’s side.

Chelsea fielded a strong line-up but were unable to breach a resilient BATE defence in the first half, as they were limited to not one shot on target.

However, Giroud was able to pop up with an important goal in the 52nd-minute as he proved to be the decisive player between the two sides in Belarus.

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The win means that Chelsea have now qualified for the Europa League’s Round of 32.

It was a hard-earned three points for Chelsea and a win that will set them up nicely ahead of their upcoming Premier League clash against Everton on Sunday.

Here are our Chelsea player ratings from the win against BATE Borisov on Thursday night.

Sarri confirms Loftus-Cheek will not leave on loan in January.
Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has said that there is zero chance of midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek leaving the club in January on a loan deal, reports Simon Johnson on Twitter. Twitter: #Sarri has just told me there is no chance #Loftus-Cheek will leave #cfc on loan in January (@sjstandardsport) Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Sarri has said that it would be silly for Loftus-Cheek to be allowed to leave on loan given his increased importance in recent matches. “Ruben in October played four matches out of five. At the moment the situation is not for a loan of course.” The 22-year old impressed many last season on loan at Crystal Palace, including England manager Gareth Southgate as he earned himself a call-up to the 2018 World Cup squad. With the Blues bringing in highly rated midfielders Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho in the summer, many feared for Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea future. However, after remaining patient at the start of this campaign, the Englishman has gone from strength to strength recently. Following a first competitive hat-trick against BATE Borisov in the Europa League, Loftus-Cheek then got Chelsea’s fourth against Burnley just three days later. It is therefore obvious why Sarri is reluctant to let the Chelsea midfielder leave on loan again this January as he is able to give this side another dimension to their game. With fellow English midfielder Ross Barkley also finding his form, competition for places, especially the midfield three, is thriving and giving Sarri a pleasant headache.

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