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SportBATE 0 Chelsea 1: Giroud sends Sarri's side into knockout rounds

00:40  09 november  2018
00:40  09 november  2018 Source:   goal.com

Sarri unworried about misfiring Morata, Giroud

Sarri unworried about misfiring Morata, Giroud Maurizio Sarri said he had no concerns over his strikers, but he hopes Chelsea duo Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud can start scoring.

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Chelsea win 1 - 0 at Bate Borisov to progress. Giroud scores first goal of season. But they also needed Olympiakos to not win. The Greek side are 4- 0 up against Dudelange, who are heading out . Dinamo Zagreb look like they're moving into the knockout stages. They lead Spartak Trnava 2- 0 .

BATE 0 Chelsea 1: Giroud sends Sarri's side into knockout rounds © Provided by Goal Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.

Olivier Giroud's first goal under Maurizio Sarri sealed Chelsea's progression to the Europa League knockout rounds with a 1-0 win at BATE on Wednesday.

France striker Giroud headed in Emerson Palmieri's cross in the 52nd minute to decide a tentative contest and break his club drought dating back to May.

BATE, who hit the woodwork three times, would have been deserving of a point, but will now seek to revive their hopes in their next meeting with Vidi, who edged PAOK 1-0.

Sarri unworried about misfiring Morata, Giroud

Sarri unworried about misfiring Morata, Giroud The Chelsea manager said he had no concerns over his strikers, but he hopes the duo can start scoring

While Chelsea ’ s Europa League match at BATE Borisov this week will be our first competitive game However, it was not until after the Soviet Union’ s dissolution in 1991 that the Blues ventured into the Although Chelsea twice took the lead with Fernando Torres chipping home from 30 metres and Victor

Sarri has found a winning formula in Europe without fielding his preferred strongest line-up and will have been delighted to see the likes of Loftus-Cheek and Gary Cahill step up while Eden Hazard and David Luiz were rested. Loftus-Cheek brings back memories of Russia.

That result means the Blues, having racked up a fifth successive competitive victory, must wait until the Greek side's visit later this month to confirm top spot in Group L.

Two goals down inside eight minutes at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago, BATE were unfortunate not to be ahead early on home soil as Dmitri Baga crashed a long-range shot against the post.

Chelsea soon settled into a dominant share of possession without ever looking like making the breakthrough before half-time.

Giroud had fleetingly threatened with one header before the break and it was in similar circumstances that he opened the scoring, convincingly meeting Emerson's cross at the near post.

Maurizio Sarri not concerned over Olivier Giroud's goal drought

Maurizio Sarri not concerned over Olivier Giroud's goal drought Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed he is not worried about striker Olivier Giroud, despite the Frenchman last finding the back of the net for the Blues in May, football.london report. The 32-year-old has featured in 11 games so far this season under new boss Sarri, failing to score, with his last goal coming for France in their 2-1 win over Netherlands last month. Giroud, who was part of the French squad that lifted the World Cup in the summer, has netted five times in 28 appearances since joining from rivals Arsenal at the beginning of the year. However, the striker’s struggles in front of goal have gone under the radar slightly due to Eden Hazard’s outstanding form, which has helped the Blues to an unbeaten league start. Talking to the media ahead of the fixture with Burnley on Sunday, Sarri insisted he isn’t concerned by the lack of goals, with Giroud’s four assists this season impressing the Chelsea boss. “You know the characteristics of Giroud: Giroud usually is not used to scoring a lot of goals in a season but he’s always very, very useful for the team, for his team-mates.” “So Giroud is not a problem for us. And Morata in the last five matches, scored two goals.” “I think they will be able to do better but the most important thing is that the team will continue to play this football.

Janne Mian’ s side had beaten KR Reykjavik to reach this second knockout round in the Domestic Champions side of the draw, with our Under-18 The deficit was extended further in added time as Brown rifled a smart finish into the roof of the net from a tight angle and handed our youngsters a

The attacker is part of a 19-man squad who have travelled to Belarus, and Sarri provided his reasons for including him in the group. ‘No, I think exactly the opposite,’ replied Sarri , when asked if Morata’ s impressive form meant it would be wiser to continue to select him.

Only another moment of misfortune prevented BATE from responding quickly, with Nikolai Signevich's close-range effort coming back off the underside of the crossbar, before an unmarked Aleksey Rios skied an even more promising opening.

Eden Hazard was withdrawn just after the hour and with him went the last of Chelsea's minimal attacking verve as they settled for an uninspiring, albeit important, 1-0 victory after the upright denied substitute Evgeni Berezkin.

What does it mean? Scoring confidence for Chelsea strikers

BATE 0 Chelsea 1: Giroud sends Sarri's side into knockout rounds © Getty Images Giroud celebrates his goal

Blues boss Sarri suddenly has competition for his centre-forward spot with Giroud following the lead set by Alvaro Morata against Crystal Palace and finally finding form in front of goal.

Sarri hints that Hazard could start in Europa League clash against BATE

Sarri hints that Hazard could start in Europa League clash against BATE Eden Hazard could be in line for a shock start in Chelsea’s Europa League clash against BATE Borisov on Thursday night. Speaking at his pre-match press conference, as reported by ESPN, Sarri hinted that the Belgian could be involved from the get-go in Belarus. “From our doctor, there is no risk [to play him]. Otherwise, he stays at Cobham. In the last match he played 30 minutes, the best for tomorrow is that he plays 45 to 50 minutes.” The latest comments from Sarri follow claims that the Belgian would be left at home altogether. Hazard, who now looks set to start in a surprising turn of events, has been working his way back to full fitness after struggling with a niggling back injury. The Blues have been cautious in their approach with the forward in a bid to avoid any further damage. The Europa League has previously presented Sarri with the opportunity to rest the Belgian and hand minutes to other fringe players. Sarri will be keen to manage the player’s fitness carefully, with the Belgian playing a key role in the Blues’ success during the early stages of the season so far.

Maurizio Sarri ’ s side are seeking to extend our unbeaten run to 17 games since the Community BATE Borisov wrapped up their 13th consecutive league championship in Belarus on Sunday with a 1 - 0 They advanced to the knockout phase in 2010/11 but have been unsuccessful in the other two

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Emerson provides amid short supply of opportunities

BATE 0 Chelsea 1: Giroud sends Sarri's side into knockout rounds © Getty Images Giroud runs to Emerson after his assist

In a match of few clear-cut chances, Emerson's wicked delivery from the left for Giroud's winner stood out as a moment of overdue quality.

Loftus-Cheek a let down

BATE 0 Chelsea 1: Giroud sends Sarri's side into knockout rounds © Getty Images Loftus-Cheek struggled to impose himself

It may be a case of two steps forward and one back for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who struggled to make any kind of impression on the match despite his team's wealth of possession, marking a stark contrast to his hat-trick heroism in the reverse fixture.

What's next?

Chelsea host an improving Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, while BATE have a break before next weekend's clash with FK Gorodeya in the Belarusian Cup.

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