Sarri dissatisfied with sluggish Chelsea’s slim Europa League win



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09 Nov 2018, 02:59 IST
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Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri.

Maurizio Sarri was unimpressed with Chelsea’s ponderous efficiency in opposition to BATE regardless of a 1-Zero win securing his staff’s passage to the Europa League knockout rounds.

Olivier Giroud’s first aim in 794 minutes of membership soccer was one in all few positives from a torpid show that might properly have price the Premier League facet.

BATE had been denied by the woodwork thrice, together with as soon as in stoppage time because the hosts went inside inches of rescuing a end in frosty circumstances.

Chelsea in the end clung on to maneuver inside a degree of confirming their standing as Group L winners, though their coach was left involved.

“We did not play very properly. I did not like the primary half as a result of we moved the ball solely slowly,” Sarri informed reporters.

“It was very tough to be harmful, however we had been higher within the first 25 minutes of the second half. We did not handle the final 15 minutes properly.

“The perfect factor is the consequence. It wasn’t very straightforward to play a superb recreation right here, with the circumstances.”

Giroud’s well-judged header from Emerson Palmieri’s cross within the 52nd minute did present Sarri with the rarity of two strikers in scoring type following Alvaro Morata’s brace within the weekend win over Crystal Palace.

The aim opened Giroud’s account beneath the Italian and was his first for Chelsea since Could.

“I’m happy for him. He is essential for us,” the Blues boss stated.

“I do know very properly a striker desires to attain. For his confidence it is rather essential.”

France striker Giroud insisted he misplaced no perception in his means through the drought.

“I possibly lacked a little bit of effectivity and a little bit of luck generally, however you all the time have to preserve working onerous in coaching and preserve the religion,” the 32-year-old informed BT Sport. “That is what I did tonight.”

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