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

Rex Christensen
November 9, 2018

It was very hard to be risky, better in the second half.

Chelsea were able to advance through to the knockout stages of the Europa League on Thursday evening as they defeated BATE Borisov.

"It was better in the first 20 minutes of the second half but we didn't manage the last 15 minutes well".

He brings things that no one else now does for West Ham, such as drive and aggression, as well as good technical ability.

Manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that both Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas would be left behind in England for the game, the striker given a rest while his compatriot recovers from illness.

As a result, Sarri believes it is best for him to play in Borisov and regain his rhythm.

"There were conditions to play badly - the cold, the opponents, the pitch, everything".

As Sarri was no doubt keen to conclude what he described as a "hard day", the Italian and assistant Gianfranco Zola were given a memento to return home with from their hosts.

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He added: "Today I was in trouble, too".

'In the last match he played only for 30 minutes.

Hazard had been due to be off by then and Sarri was gesticulating wildly in his technical area, apparently towards the Belgian.

AC Milan stayed just a point adrift of Group F leaders Real Betis after Suso's second-half equaliser grabbed a 1-1 draw in Spain.

That will be a big incentive for Sarri and his squad, as with some big matches on the horizon and a busy Christmas period to come, to have the ability to rest as many players as he wants in the final two games safe in the knowledge that the results are not important, would be a nice luxury to have.

"The most important thing is we need to be prepared so that what happened to Liverpool doesn't happen to us".

"I know very well a striker wants to score". I think it is the opposite. "But, I don't want him to be anxious about scoring, because for us he's very important, very useful".

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