Europa League best bets: Arsenal, Chelsea, Celtic and Rangers in action

Europa League best bets: Arsenal, Chelsea, Celtic and Rangers in action

Europa League best bets: Arsenal, Chelsea, Celtic and Rangers in action

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.

"From our doctor, there is no risk [to select him]", Sarri said.

"It is a bit more flexible now, I would say, with a little bit more freedom to go forward". Then we managed not really very well the last 15 minutes'.

Maurizio Sarri made seven changes to his starting lineup, but the Premier League side started well at the Borisov Arena without being able to create a clear-cut opportunity.

BATE nearly snatched a leveller in the third minute of added-on time, but Baha's 20-yard volley struck the post before Chelsea frantically cleared the ball away from danger and saw out the remaining seconds for their fourth successive win of the group.

Sarri is without midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who is ill, while Marcos Alonso, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Alvaro Morata have not travelled with the squad to Belarus.

As a result, Sarri believes it is best for him to play in Borisov and regain his rhythm.

BATE manager Alyaksey Baha on Chelsea test: "We have followed all the games Chelsea have played".

"The record is not one of the coach, but of the team. It is normal to look around and think, 'With what club can I achieve that with?'"

The only competitive fixture between BATE and Chelsea was a fortnight ago in Europa League Matchday 3.

West Ham need a new central midfielder in January and have reportedly sounded out a deal for Chelsea starlet Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

BATE Borisov have now lost four of their five meetings with English clubs (W1).

But the Frenchman finally ended his drought with the only goal of the game against BATE.

Chelsea have now won six consecutive Europa League games, since a 2-3 defeat at Rubin Kazan in April 2013.

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