Chelsea to limit Hazard role as Morata and Fabregas miss BATE trip

Davide Zappacosta is in contention to come back into Chelsea's starting line-up at full back

Davide Zappacosta is in contention to come back into Chelsea's starting line-up at full back

We didn't play very well, ' Sarri said after the game.

"There were conditions to play badly - the cold, the opponents, the pitch, everything.

In the last match he played 30 minutes, the best for tomorrow is that he plays 45 to 50 minutes".

Hazard had been due to be off by then and Sarri was gesticulating wildly in his technical area, apparently towards the Belgian.

Maurizio Sarri rotated his side and handed some fringe players the opportunity to impress, but the likes of Eden Hazard and Jorginho were still called upon to make the difference.

Giroud struck moments later, heading in Emerson Palmieri's cross at the near post.

"I'm pleased for him". 'He's a very important player for us because he's very useful for the team. "But I don't want him to be anxious about scoring because for us he's very important". "But, I don't want him to be anxious about scoring, because for us he's very important, very useful".

"I think it's better for him to stay fit, with two or three training sessions, than only with matches".

The Englishman scored a hat-trick against BATE and followed it up with a late goal in Chelsea's following game against Burnley, the best goalscoring form of his career so far. "They were unlucky. I think they could draw the match".

But Arsenal did secure a last-32 spot regardless, as Vorskla Poltava lost 1-0 at home to Azeri outfit Qarabag in the other Group E game.

He added: "The first target in this competition was to qualify".

As a result, BATE are already relying on PAOK and MOL Vidi to draw in their fixture on Thursday to have any hopes of finishing second - while a shock win over Chelsea would also go some way.

"It was better in the first 20 minutes of the second half but we didn't manage the last 15 minutes well. In February we will have for sure another target, but the first one is very important".