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Sarri slams disappointing Chelsea performance

2018-11-09 12:52
Maurizio Sarri
Maurizio Sarri (AP)

Cape Town - Maurizio Sarri was left unimpressed with Chelsea's narrow victory over BATE in the Europa League on Thursday.

Olivier Giroud was the only player to score on the night, as the Blues ground out a 1-0 result, to secure their place in the knockout phase of the competition, with two group games left to play.

It was the French striker's first goal in 794 minutes, while BATE may well have won the tie, had they not struck the woodwork three times.

Speaking after the game, Sarri said: "We didn't play very well. I didn't like the first half because we moved the ball only slowly.

"It was very difficult to be dangerous, but we were better in the first 25 minutes of the second half. We didn't manage the last 15 minutes well.

"The best thing is the result. It wasn't very easy to play a good game here, with the conditions."

Sarri was nonetheless please for Giroud, adding: "I am pleased for him. He is very important for us.

"I know very well a striker wants to score. For his confidence it is very important."

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