BATE Borisov vs. Chelsea - Football Match Report

Tanya Simon
November 10, 2018

Elsewhere, Eintracht Frankfurt reached the last 32 with their fourth win from as many group games by beating Apollon Limassol 3-2 in Cyprus, while Lazio joined them in progressing from Group H as goals from Marco Parolo and Joaquin Correa secured a 2-1 win over Marseille to eliminate last season's runners-up. Barkley arrived at Chelsea carrying a hamstring injury and played just four times under Antonio Conte, who Sarri succeeded in July. "He's a very important player for us, he's very useful for the team but I know very well that strikers want to score, and so for his confidence it's very important".

Sarri's first impressions were not quite so glowing. "It wasn't very easy to play a good game here, with the conditions".

"I had fever", Sarri said.

The latter missed training on Thursday and was only able to complete a light session on Friday.

"I like Ross very much".

Maurizio Sarri chose to rest Alvaro Morata for the clash with BATE Borisov on Thursday night and is expected to start the Spaniard against Everton.

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"I wasn't sure it worked because they are so similar".

Salzburg, semi-finalists last season, qualified for the next round with a 5-2 thrashing of Rosenborg in the group's other match, as Japanese forward Takumi Minamino scored a hat-trick.

Barkley anticipates facing some hostility from Everton's visiting supporters, after moving on following 13 years at Goodison Park. It is normal to look around and think, 'With what club can I achieve that with?'

"I'm not nervous, I'm excited to play against my former club and team-mates - I understand how some of them play, so that could be an advantage for me".

Sarri is set to make wholesale changes to his defence after resting his key men for the Europa League win over BATE Borisov. Only Cesc Fabregas remains on the sidelines with an illness. Kante did not feature. And Loftus-Cheek could be a doubt after picking up a back problem.

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