Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

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

Sarri is adamant Hazard is fit enough to play some part of the Europa League clash Sarri is adamant Hazard is fit enough to play some part of the Europa League clash
Shannon Reynolds | 10 November, 2018, 10:17

"The manager kept saying we need to finish first in the group, and the earlier the better so tonight we've done the job even if we could have been more efficient", he told post match conference.

Olivier Giroud's first goal in 794 minutes of club football was one of few positives from a lethargic display that could well have cost the Premier League side.

It was the former Arsenal forward's header that sealed Chelsea's 1-0 in the Europa League against Bate on Thursdsy.

Michael Ballack believes Maurizio Sarri has finally found the key to unlocking Chelsea's attacking qualities this season. Having comfortably despatched BATE in our previous group game, we expected Chelsea to make light work of this contest.

"On the day I might get a few nerves as it will feel a bit odd".

"The best situation is the result".

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Meanwhile, Blues boss, Sarri will be hoping to mark his first season at the club by winning the European title at the end of the season. We didn't manage the last 15 minutes well. It's not easy for me and I think it's not very easy for them.

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.

The Blues were beginning to pose a constant threat but just before the hour mark, Mikalay Signevich nearly found an equaliser for BATE with the striker seeing a shot hit the underside of the crossbar after he had got in the way of a miscued effort from distance.

Sarri added: "I'm pleased for him. But I don't want him to be anxious about scoring because for us he's very important".

"But I know very well strikers want to score".

"It's been important for him the way we play because it's making him a little bit more complete".

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