Chelsea boss Sarri delighted for matchwinner Giroud

Kepa shows off his ball control skills as he trains with his fellow goalkeepers in Belarus

Kepa shows off his ball control skills as he trains with his fellow goalkeepers in Belarus

We didn't play very well. "They were unlucky. I think they could draw the match".

Chelsea will still be hurting over the fact they are now in the Europa League, having made it their aim to consistently be competing in the Champions League.

Steven Gerrard's Rangers saw their 11-game unbeaten run in this year's Europa League come to a dramatic end as they threw away the lead three times in a 4-3 defeat at Spartak Moscow.

Sarri added: "I'm pleased for him".

Eden Hazard is part of the 19-man Chelsea squad that made the trip. "He's a very important player for us, and strikers want to score".

Chelsea have started life under Maurizio Sarri well, now unbeaten in the Premier League after 11 games, and sit second in the table as well as appearing in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

Sarri chose to go with a three man midfield of Jorginho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley on the night, meaning summer signing Matteo Kovacic had to make do with a place on the bench.

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Giroud struck moments later, heading in Emerson Palmieri's cross at the near post.

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.

Loftus-Cheek has been earning praise for the solid performances he has produced when called upon by new Chelsea FC boss Sarri this season.

"He would like to score more goals from midfield I'm sure".

With all of Sarri's other midfielders also playing well, speculation over Loftus-Cheek's near future hasn't let up.

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The arrival of Sarri at west London in the summer has completely transformed the Blues. He was due to play but picked up an injury, which the Blues manager also revealed ahead of the game.

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