Maurizio Sarri reveals why Alvaro Morata has not traveled to bate Borisov

Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that Alvaro Morata has been rested for Chelsea’s Europa League clash with BATE Borisov.

Morata had a difficult start to the season under new manager Sarri but the 26-year-old striker has excelled in Eden Hazard’s absence, scoring five goals in his last seven appearances for the Blues.

The Spaniard found the net either side of the break in a 3-1 win at home to Crystal Palace at the weekend but will play no part on Thursday evening.

Hazard, though, has traveled to Belarus despite speculation that the Belgian would be handed a rest for the Group L fixture following a back problem.

Asked about Morata’s omission, Sarri replied:

‘He played for three matches in a row, so I thought it was better to rest at Cobham and have good training.

‘The only problem is Cesc [Fabregas]. He had a fever.’

On whether he was tempted to play Morata, Sarri responded:

‘No. I think it is the opposite. Morata stayed in Cobham just to rest, and then just to have training.

‘I think it is better for him to stay fit with two or three training sessions than only with matches. It is normal.

‘Sometimes it is better to rest than always play. To train and physical qualities. If they only play they will lose that physical quality.’

Oliver Giroud is available again after recovering from a leg injury and could replace Morata in Sarri’s starting XI.

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