Kovacic: Chelsea need time to ideal Sarri's philosophy


They come up against the Belarusians once more, this time in the former industrial city of Borisov, looking to secure their place in the knockout stages of the competition.

"It wasn't very easy to play a good game here".

The hosts nearly levelled just five minutes later, as they hit the woodwork for second time in the match when Nikolai Signevich diverted the ball onto the crossbar.

Sarri's comments would suggest that Hazard is possibly more likely to come off the bench again on Thursday, with Chelsea set to host Everton in another important Premier League clash this weekend.

He added: "I didn't like the first half".

Maurizio Sarri was delighted Olivier Giroud ended his goal drought, but insisted the striker should not concern himself with scoring for Chelsea.

Marcos Alonso, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Victor Moses have also remained in the UK.

'We felt that for him it's better to play, not for 90 minutes, but to play after two weeks of not playing.

"Videoton played well, had plenty of chances and could have got a different result". They have work to do if they want to avoid following Liverpool's example.

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"From our doctor, there is no risk [to select him]", Sarri said.

It is a remarkable stat for Sarri, who has revolutionised the style of play at Stamford Bridge in a short space of time.

"The record is not one of the coach, but of the team".

"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 said. I think it is the opposite.

The only competitive fixture between BATE and Chelsea was a fortnight ago in Europa League Matchday 3.

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Andreas Christensen was among those brought into the Chelsea side.

BATE Borisov have now lost four of their five meetings with English clubs (W1).