Ex-Blues Midfielder Reckons Sarri has Unlocked Attacking Potential of Chelsea

Annette Crawford
November 10, 2018

Maurizio Sarri admitted the only positive from Chelsea's win over BATE was the result, after their below-par performance.

Olivier Giroud's first goal of the season early in the second half proved enough for the Blues to book their place in the Europa League round of 32 against BATE, who vastly improved on their showing in a 3-1 loss at Stamford Bridge last month and struck the frame of Kepa Arrizabalaga's goal three times.

Record five-time winners Sevilla needed a late penalty from Ever Banega to claim a 3-2 victory at Akhisar Belediyespor, after having a man sent off, losing a two-goal lead and seeing the Turks miss a spot-kick of their own. We didn't play very well, ' Sarri said after the game.

'The best situation this evening is the result.

"I know very well a striker wants to score". There was all the conditions to play very badly, for the cold, for the opponents, for the pitch, for everything. But, I don't want him to be anxious about scoring, because for us he's very important, very useful'.

Sarri praised the "important" Giroud and insisted that the striker is "very, very useful" for the team even when he is not among the goals. "I didn't like the first half because we moved the ball only slowly", Sarri told reporters.

"A good cross from Emerson and that's what we need to do more often.' Chelsea were lucky to come away from the Borisov Arena with all three points, as BATE wasted several chances to get something out of the game". It was really very hard to be unsafe.

A drab first half was delayed for several minutes when Danny Welbeck, given a rare start just hours after being named in Gareth Southgate's England squad, had to be stretchered off with what looked a nasty injury after seeing a header saved by Renan Ribeiro. Then we managed not really very well the last 15 minutes'.

I had fever. It was a very hard day for me.

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