Chelsea boss Sarri delighted for matchwinner Giroud

  • Chelsea boss Sarri delighted for matchwinner Giroud

Chelsea boss Sarri delighted for matchwinner Giroud

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.

There was little action on the pitch that would have warmed the cockles but the Blues did enough to progress through to the round of 32 after Olivier Giroud headed home early in the second half. "We didn't play very well", Sarri said.

He brings things that no one else now does for West Ham, such as drive and aggression, as well as good technical ability.

Cesc Fabregas was left out of the 19-man Chelsea squad that travelled to Belarus on Wednesday after suffering a fever, and Sarri revealed Alvaro Morata has stayed in the United Kingdom to rest after his two-goal contribution against Palace.

'It wasn't very easy to play a good game here.

"Better in the first 20, 25 minutes in the second half".

He explained: "Today I was in trouble, too". I had fever. It was a very hard day for me.

As the game clicked into the 51st minute, Hazard was fouled and sent the resulting free-kick soaring out of play beyond the far post.

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

"It's true that I was hoping to score soon, because I came back late from the World Cup and after I lacked a bit of efficiency and luck sometimes", he said.

"But you always need to keep working hard in training and keep believing, keep the faith". We didn't manage the last 15 minutes well.

'We felt that for him it's better to play, not for 90 minutes, but to play after two weeks of not playing. 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.

'But I don't want him to be anxious about scoring because, for us, he's very important and very useful.

"I know very well a striker wants to score".