BATE Borisov v Chelsea: Eden Hazard in squad for Europa League tie

Kepa shows off his ball control skills as he trains with his fellow goalkeepers in Belarus

Chelsea are on the verge of qualifying for the Europa League knockout stages after winning their first three matches despite using Hazard only sparingly in the competition so far.

On Giroud ending his goal drought, Sarri added: "I am pleased for him". He's a very important player for us, because he's a very, very useful player for the team.

Michael Ballack believes Maurizio Sarri has finally found the key to unlocking Chelsea's attacking qualities this season.

The best thing about this evening was the result. We didn't play very well, ' Sarri said after the game.

It wasn't very easy to play a good game here, with the conditions. I didn't like the first half.

"We know he isn't a prolific goalscorer from midfield but when you watch him closely what he does is he drives with the ball".


The Belgium global has played only 26 minutes in the Blues' last four games after suffering the back problem against Manchester United last month, coming on as a second-half substitute in Saturday's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.

Chelsea were producing one of their least effective performances of the season, but Barkley still came close to netting a second for his side with a 25-yard attempt which was tipped wide by Denis Scherbitsky.

Salzburg, semi-finalists last season, qualified for the next round with a 5-2 thrashing of Rosenborg in the group's other match, with Japanese forward Takumi Minamino scoring a hat-trick. We didn't manage the last 15 minutes well.

Chelsea went straight onto the front foot after the restart - presumably after some stern words from Sarri - and the visitors found the breakthrough in the 52nd minute as Giroud directed a glancing header inside the near post after meeting Emerson's cross from the left flank. He is a very important for us. I think it is the opposite.

"I think he's vital for the way Chelsea want to play".

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