Europa League best bets: Arsenal, Chelsea, Celtic and Rangers in action
- Author: Steve Townsend Nov 09, 2018,
Nov 09, 2018, 2:40
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.
Belgium worldwide Hazard returned from two weeks out with a back problem when he came on in the 64th minute of Sunday's 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace.
"From our doctor there is no risk, otherwise he would stay at Cobham [training ground]", Sarri told Chelsea's official website.
"I watched the game yesterday and Liverpool struggled a lot", Kovacic said. After the match Sarri said he was far more satisfied with three points than his team's performance. "He had a fever", the Chelsea boss added. "So that's what I did on a good cross from Emerson, and that's what we need to do more often".
Asked if it would be better to play the Spain striker to help maintain his resurgent form, the Italian added: "No". And so, for his confidence, I think it's very important.
"Last season [moving to Palace on loan] was a decision I made because I hadn't played any football really, at the age of 21, and last season was great for me at Palace, 24 [appearances] I think I had in the Premier League, and then to go on and make my England debut".
"Sometimes it is better than to rest than always play. If they only play they will lose that physical quality".
A possible defensive pairing of Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen and Emerson Palmieri, with Davide Zappacosta rounding out the defence will most likely be on display tonight as the coach as rested David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso ahead of Sunday's clash with Everton.