Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Olivier Giroud does not need to score, says Maurizio Sarri

Olivier Giroud does not need to score, says Maurizio Sarri

Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud both return to the starting eleven for Chelsea as they face BATE Borisov away in the UEFA Europa League.

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"[Morata] played for three matches in a row, so I thought it was better to rest at Cobham and have good training".

Ballack told Goal. "But more importantly, you have to give him a vision".

'We felt that for him it's better to play, not for 90 minutes, but to play after two weeks of not playing.

BATE Borisov hit the woodwork three times in Belarus, where Giroud ended his drought seven minutes into the second half with a near-post header from a left-wing cross by Emerson Palmieri, who had been found by Jorginho's pass.

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Giroud had gone 795 minutes without finding the net for Chelsea before nodding in Emerson's inviting delivery from the left flank in the 52nd minute, and speaking to BT Sport after the match he expressed his relief at breaking his duck.

"I was hoping to score soon because I came back late from the World Cup and I was lacking maybe a bit of efficiency and luck but you always need to keep working hard and keep the faith and that's what happened tonight".

Many expected Morata to feature again on Thursday after his recent good form, with Sarri suggesting that the striker needed to work on his mental fragility following his side's win over Crystal Palace.

"I'm sure Michael would have liked to have played off him". Sarri said of Giroud.

With that in mind, it could be argued that it would have been good to have played Hazard anyway, but he will feature for other reasons rather than that, as the Italian confirmed when he faced the press. "But I don't want him to be anxious about scoring because for us he's very important".

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