Chelsea news: Maurizio Sarri ‘didn’t like’ win vs bate as Giroud goal secures progression

MAURIZIO SARRI was far from impressed with Chelsea’s performance in their narrow win over Belarus outfit BATE Borisov tonight.

The Blues prevailed 1-0 on the road in the Europa League to secure their place in the knockout stages.

Sarri’s team maintained their 100 per cent record in the competition, making it four wins from four games.

But Chelsea were unconvincing despite having a strong XI out for the European clash against the Group L underdogs.

The likes of Eden Hazard, Jorginho, Pedro and Ross Barkley all started.

However, it was an Olivier Giroud header which ultimately split the sides and ended his goal drought – it is the first time the Frenchman has found the net under Sarri.

After the triumph in Belarus, Sarri was asked what the best aspect of the match was for him.

And he replied: “The result, I think. We didn’t play very well. I didn’t like the first half. We moved it too slowly.

“It was very difficult to be dangerous, better in the second half. We didn’t manage the last 15 minutes well.

“The best thing is the result. It wasn’t very easy to play a good game here, with the conditions. I think we could have done better.”

On Giroud and the striker breaking his duck, Sarri added: “I am pleased for him. He is a very important for us.

“I know very well a striker wants to score. For his confidence I think it is very important.”

Asked how crucial it is to qualify with two games to spare too, the Chelsea boss said: “I think the first aspect is the qualification. We need one point more to win the group, that is the next target.

“Then we can think about the next round in February.”

Up next for the Blues prior to the international break is a visit from Everton at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday (2.15pm).

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