Giroud breaks goal duck in Chelsea win against BATE Borisov

Maurizio Sarri insists Eden Hazard would have stayed in England if he wasn't fully fit

'In the first month he was in trouble, ' said Sarri.

Maurizio Sarri was unimpressed with Chelsea's ponderous performance against BATE despite a 1-0 win securing his team's passage to the Europa League knockout rounds.

"I like very much him, because I think he is a complete player".

The Blues are in the Premier League title race despite having changed their manager in the summer after Maurizio Sarri took over the reins from Antonio Conte. "Then he started to improve in every training, in every match".

Sinclair was watching on and is now anxious that both Barkley and Loftus-Cheek can not play together in midfield for Chelsea since they have similar attributes that do not complement each other.

However, the Blues were creating very little in the final third, with only a miscued Olivier Giroud volley from a floated Ross Barkley pass coming anywhere near to breaking the deadlock.

"He is fast. Technically he's very good".

"I don't think the reception will be the best", Barkley told the Evening Standard. He kicks well with his left foot and his right. And he's improving tactically. "He is on the way to becoming a very important midfielder, not only for us but also for England".

After Giroud's goal, Ihar Stasevich shot against the post after Ruben Loftus-Cheek had given the ball away.

"It's true that I was hoping to score soon, because I came back late from the World Cup and after I lacked a bit of efficiency and luck sometimes", he said. "If they only play they will lose that physical quality they need, and that's been proved scientifically over a 21-day period".

Despite the knock, Richarlison played on for the full 90 minutes at Goodison Park and scored goals either side of the break in the win.

Richarlison's flexibility and form means he will play for the Merseyside club whenever he is fit, but whether his best position is in a central role or on the wing still remains up for debate.



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