Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Maurizio Sarri praises Ross Barkley for reviving Chelsea career

Maurizio Sarri praises Ross Barkley for reviving Chelsea career

"Better in the first 20, 25 minutes in the second half".

A second-half header from Olivier Giroud - his first goal of the season - proved to be the difference between the sides, although BATE struck the woodwork on three occasions.

Olivier Giroud ended his drought by scoring the only goal as Chelsea won 1-0 at BATE Borisov on Thursday to clinch a place in the knockout stage of the Europa League with two group games to spare.

Sarri is set to make wholesale changes to his defence after resting his key men for the Europa League win over BATE Borisov.

The win extended the London club's unbeaten streak this season to 17 games.

And things are looking good for Maurizio Sarri in terms of injury news too, with a fully fit squad at the moment.

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"On the day I might get a few nerves as it will feel a bit unusual".

"At the beginning, in the first month, Ross was in trouble", he said. It's not easy for me and I think it's not very easy for them. We didn't manage the last 15 minutes well.

BATE had no such difficulty at the other end and the home side nearly went ahead in the 12th minute through Dzmitry Baha, but the midfielder's 25-yard strike hit the post with Kepa Arrizabalaga beaten.

Apart from this spectacular string of results, Sarri has also introduced a more enterprising brand of football at Stamford Bridge.

"Our fear is that they are very similar, want to get on the ball, want to travel with the ball", Sinclair said on Chelsea TV.

"I maybe lacked a bit of efficiency and a bit of luck sometimes, but you always need to keep working hard in training and keep the faith", the 32-year-old told BT Sport. He's a very important player for us, because he's a very, very useful player for the team. "But I don't want him to be anxious about scoring because for us he's very important".

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