BATE Borisov 0-1 Chelsea: Giroud header sends Chelsea through

BATE Borisov 0-1 Chelsea: Giroud header sends Chelsea through

BATE Borisov 0-1 Chelsea: Giroud header sends Chelsea through

"Chelsea have great players and I like playing against these teams - I feel like I get more space".

Lazio, meanwhile, went through to the last 32 along with Eintracht Frankfurt who eliminated Apollon Limassol after a 3-2 victory in the other game in the section.

"I am pleased for him".

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. "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". I think they are learning about this.

"The best thing is the result".

A second-half header from Olivier Giroud - his first goal of the season - proved to be the difference between the sides, although BATE struck the woodwork on three occasions.

Chelsea host Everton at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday as they look to move top of the table.

Everton are on a decent run of their own after banking 12 points from their last 15 in the Premier League to climb to ninth place - probably two places short of what most consider their natural position. "If they only play they will lose that physical quality they need, and that's been proved scientifically over a 21-day period".

"They were on the brink of becoming one of the world's top clubs not too long ago, but it's not good enough at the moment". "They were unlucky. I think they could draw the match".

"Yes, the game was won, but Ian Wright, Alan Shearer, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Thierry Henry, Harry Kane and the like would have sealed their hat-trick instead of trying to chip the goalkeeper, got the ball signed by everyone and then gone home".

Everton boss Marco Silva says Richarlison is a doubt to face Chelsea on Sunday after missing training.

The 26-year-old has been in fine form so far this season, scoring seven goals and providing five assists in just 13 appearances.

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