Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri battled a fever and took satisfaction solely within the outcome and securing qualification for the Europa League knockout phases after a disappointing efficiency within the 1-Zero win at BATE Borisov.
Chelsea’s fourth victory from as many Group L video games – three of them now 1-Zero – was performed out in freezing fog and memorable just for France World Cup winner Olivier Giroud’s first Blues purpose since May’s win over Liverpool, a 794-minute barren streak.
“The best situation this evening is the result. We didn’t play very well,” Sarri stated.
“It wasn’t very straightforward to play an excellent recreation right here. There was all of the situations to play very badly, for the chilly, for the opponents, for the pitch, for all the things. I feel we may have completed higher.
“I didn’t like the primary half. We moved the ball solely horizontal and slowly. It was actually very troublesome to be harmful.
“Better in the first 20, 25 minutes in the second half. Then we managed not really very well the last 15 minutes.”
For Sarri, it was a difficult day.
He added: “Today I was in trouble, too. I had fever. It was a very hard day for me. I don’t know if I am improving or if it is only the temperature.”
BATE, comfortably overwhelmed final month in London, struck the woodwork 3 times, together with deep in stoppage time, and Eden Hazard’s companies have been required for longer than anticipated in Belarus.
As the sport clicked into the 51st minute, Hazard was fouled and despatched the ensuing free-kick hovering out of play past the far put up.
Hazard had been due to be off by then and Sarri was gesticulating wildly in his technical space, apparently in the direction of the Belgian.
Giroud struck moments later, heading in Emerson Palmieri’s cross on the close to put up.
Giroud informed BT Sport: “It’s true, I was hoping to score soon because I came back late from the World Cup and lacked a bit of luck. You always have to work hard and keep the faith.”
Sarri added: “I’m happy for him. He’s a vital participant for us, as a result of he’s a really, very helpful participant for the staff.
“But I know very well strikers want to score. And so for his confidence I think it’s very important. But, I don’t want him to be worried about scoring, because for us he’s very important, very useful.”
Chelsea would have preferred to rating one other, however as an alternative it was BATE urgent late on.
“They played very well,” Sarri added. “They were unlucky. I think they could draw the match.”
Chelsea have certified with two matches to spare, the November 29 dwelling conflict with Greece’s PAOK and the December 13 journey to Vidi in Hungary.
Sarri is now hungry for the extra level wanted to safe prime spot within the group, to postpone ideas of Europe till the last-32 stage.
He added: “The first goal on this competitors was to qualify. Now we wish the second goal, to win our group.
“It’s very important because then we can talk again about this competition in February. In February we will have for sure another target, but the first one is very important.”
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