Ill Maurizio Sarri unhappy with Chelsea performance in Belarus

Tanya Simon
November 9, 2018

The Blues remained unbeaten in 17 competitive games this season, qualifying for the last 32 with two matches to spare.

The France global was yet to find the net under Maurizio Sarri's tutelage in what is his first full campaign at Stamford Bridge. Neither did poorliness stop the Italian from becoming visibly angry on the touchline as his players appeared to lack the appetite to impose themselves.

Sarri said: "He played for three matches in a row". And while Sarri admits his star won't play 90 minutes, there is no risk attached to him being involved. But I know very well strikers want to score.

Chelsea's fourth victory from as many Group L games - three of them now 1-0 - was played out in freezing fog and memorable only for Olivier Giroud's first Blues goal since May's win over Liverpool, a 794-minute barren streak.

Sarri remarked afterwards: "I think we didn't play very well, I didn't like the first half because we moved the ball only horizontally and slowly, so it was hard to be unsafe".

The Belgium global has played only 26 minutes in the Blues' last four games after suffering the back problem against Manchester United last month, coming on as a second-half substitute in Saturday's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.

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"It wasn't very easy to play a good game here. He's a very important player for us, and strikers want to score".

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

"We wish him the best and will keep on encouraging and motivating him to get back".

"But he's always very, very useful for the team, for his team-mates". I think it is the opposite.

"It's very important because then we can talk again about this competition in February".

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