Giroud breaks goal duck in Chelsea win against BATE Borisov

Giroud breaks goal duck in Chelsea win against BATE Borisov

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"[Morata] played for three matches in a row, so I thought it was better to rest at Cobham and have good training".

'Yes, I'm pleased for him, ' Sarri said.

BATE nearly snatched a leveller in the third minute of added-on time, but Baha's 20-yard volley struck the post before Chelsea frantically cleared the ball away from danger and saw out the remaining seconds for their fourth successive win of the group.

It is a remarkable stat for Sarri, who has revolutionised the style of play at Stamford Bridge in a short space of time.

Marcos Alonso, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Victor Moses also did not make the trip, but Olivier Giroud could feature after missing the Palace match with a muscular issue.

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'We felt that for him it's better to play, not for 90 minutes, but to play after two weeks of not playing. "Chelsea is the kind of team with so many players that will be capable of replacing Hazard with no problem".

BATE coach Alyaksey Baha, the older brother of midfielder Dmitri, was left holding his head in his hands after Aleksey Rios blazed an even better chance to equalise over the bar. I think there's a possibility he won't go out on loan, he's getting more game time and he's pushing hard to get into the set up. And so, for his confidence, I think it's very important.

The only competitive fixture between BATE and Chelsea was a fortnight ago in Europa League Matchday 3.

After Giroud's goal, Ihar Stasevich shot against the post after Ruben Loftus-Cheek had given the ball away. All matches were in the Europa League group stages.

But the Frenchman finally ended his drought with the only goal of the game against BATE.

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