Giroud breaks goal duck in Chelsea win against BATE Borisov

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Chelsea will look to secure top spot and progression to the knockout stages of the Europa League with a win over BATE Borisov in Belarus this evening [5.55pm kick-off].

However, the playmaker, who enjoyed 26 minutes action in the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday, was in a positive mood as he boarded the team bus on Wednesday morning ahead of the trip to Minsk.

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Morata scored twice against Palace, but Chelsea have opted to rest the in-form striker.

Only another moment of misfortune prevented BATE from responding quickly, with Nikolai Signevich's close-range effort coming back off the underside of the crossbar, before an unmarked Aleksey Rios skied an even more promising opening.

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BATE started strongly and came within a whisker of taking an early lead as former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb teed up Dmitri Baga for a long-range strike which crashed against Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga's post.

Sarri has offered Morata an excellent support line and the Spaniard has now shifted his focus to the task of finishing what his teammates feed him as opposed to getting behind every build up.

"In the last 10 minutes, I only have in my head "I want to bring the ball home" and I think that's why I missed". 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 risky.

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.

"It was better in the first 20 minutes of the second half but we didn't manage the last 15 minutes well. It was very important for me", he added. The best way for him is that tomorrow he will play for 45 or 50 minutes'.