Chelsea edge out BATE Borisov to reach last 32 of Europa League

Chelsea edge out BATE Borisov to reach last 32 of Europa League

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri admitted that he was pleased to escape with a 1-0 win over BATE Borisov after claiming his side had "all the conditions to play badly" on a freezing night in Belarus.

'The best situation this evening is the result.

"We didn't play very well".

Giroud quipped he contemplated seeking religious help, prior to ending a run of 794 minutes without a Chelsea goal.

"From our doctor, there is no risk [to select him]", Sarri said.

Olivier Giroud returns to the starting eleven and the Frenchman would be eager to be back among the goals as well for Chelsea.

"In the second half I thought we did better, obviously, we had enough chances to get back into the game, but we didn't take them and you get punished". We moved it too slowly. And so, for his confidence, I think it's very important.

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"It was very hard to be unsafe, but we were better in the first 25 minutes of the second half".

Last season Liverpool defied expectation by getting to the final of the Champions League, only to lose following Loris Karius' infamous display and Gareth Bale's incredible first goal. "I think we could have done better".

'But I know very well that strikers want to score.

'But I don't want him to be anxious about scoring because, for us, he's very important and very useful.

Next up for Liverpool is the visit of Fulham on Sunday lunchtime, in a game they can not afford to drop points in.

Klopp regularly conducts analysis with his players the day after a game, having reviewed the match himself at least twice but Wednesday's debrief assumed a more critical air given the nature of defeat and the precariousness of Liverpool's position in the group.

BATE had no such difficulty at the other end and the home side nearly went ahead in the 12th minute through Dzmitry Baha, but the midfielder's 25-yard strike hit the post with Kepa Arrizabalaga beaten.

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