Chelsea boss Sarri: We weren't great; but we've qualified

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Chelsea have earned their place in the last 32 of the Europa League with a 1-0 victory over BATE Borisov in Thursday's game in Belarus.

This evening's game provides an opportunity for Maurizio Sarri's men to reach the knockout stages of the Europa League. Neither did poorliness stop the Italian from becoming visibly angry on the touchline as his players appeared to lack the appetite to impose themselves.

"It is a bit more flexible now, I would say, with a little bit more freedom to go forward". We didn't play very well, ' Sarri said after the game. 'I had fever. It was a very hard day for me'. I don't know if I am...

A second-half header from Olivier Giroud - his first goal of the season - proved to be the difference between the sides, although BATE struck the woodwork on three occasions. We moved the ball only horizontal and slowly.

"It was better in the first 20 or 25 minutes of the second half".

As a result, Sarri believes it is best for him to play in Borisov and regain his rhythm. "But, I don't want him to be anxious about scoring, because for us he's very important, very useful".

"We wish him the best and will keep on encouraging and motivating him to get back".

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

But seven minutes after half-time in Belarus, Giroud broke the deadlock with a near-post header from Emerson Palmeri's left-wing cross.

"For me, football is about levels and, if you don't defend properly and you don't do the basics well enough, high-level players and high-level teams normally punish you and that was the case tonight", Gerrard told the Rangers website.

"It's very important because then we can talk again about this competition in February".

'And so for his confidence I think it's very important.



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