Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

[Teams] BATE Borisov vs Chelsea: Confirmed Line-Ups For The Europa League Clash

[Teams] BATE Borisov vs Chelsea: Confirmed Line-Ups For The Europa League Clash

'He's a very important player for us because he's very useful for the team.

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. And Chelsea will fancy themselves better than any of the teams now in the Europa League, though it could all change from the Champions League dropouts join for the knockout stages.

Giroud had gone 795 minutes without finding the net for Chelsea before nodding in Emerson's inviting delivery from the left flank in the 52nd minute, and speaking to BT Sport after the match he expressed his relief at breaking his duck.

BATE, on the other hand, are at the tail end of the Belarusian Premier League season, winning the league recently with a 14-point lead and just three games remaining.

And Maurizio Sarri admitted his side did not perform very well on the night.

With a busy schedule, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is likely to ring the changes for Thursday - though not too may with qualification within reach.

However, the Blues were creating very little in the final third, with only a miscued Olivier Giroud volley from a floated Ross Barkley pass coming anywhere near to breaking the deadlock.

Scherbitski, Filipovic, Filipenko, Volkov, Rios, Dragun, Hleb, Baga, Stasevich, Skavysh, Signevich.

After two 1-0 wins to start the group, Chelsea turned it up a level against BATE last time out and will do the same with qualification on the line.

West Ham United could contend for a top half finish if they completed the loan signing of Ruben Loftus-Cheek in January.

Chelsea would have liked to score another, but instead it was BATE pressing late on.

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

Chelsea are on the verge of qualifying for the Europa League knockout stages after winning their first three matches despite using Hazard only sparingly in the competition so far.

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