Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Giroud ends goal drought, sends Chelsea through in Europa League

Giroud ends goal drought, sends Chelsea through in Europa League

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri was relieved to advance in the Europa League after enduring a disappointing performance from his team while battling a fever in Belarus.

Chelsea are now unbeaten in the Premier League and sit second in the table, two points behind leaders Manchester City. Sarri said of Giroud.

"On the day I might get a few nerves as it will feel a bit odd". I was approaching 25 and I felt looking back I could have improved a lot more.

Freezing fog in Borisov contributed to an underwhelming display.

"The best thing is the result". We played two away [Arsenal and Manchester United] and challenged them.

The ex-Ivory Coast forward won the league again in 2015 after returning to Stamford Bridge following spells at Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray. There were all the conditions to play very badly, for the cold, for the opponents, for the pitch, for everything.

"I think it will be a great game against Chelsea".

"I didn't like the first half. I'm not sure if he is ready for 90 minutes yet".

However, he never really seemed to be able to fulfil his potential on a regular basis at Goodison Park and joined Chelsea in a cut price £15 million deal last January.

"But you always need to keep working hard in training and keep believing, keep the faith".

Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata are both a shade of odds-on although such prices are justifiable against a mid-ranking defence like Everton's (10th out of 20 in terms of goals conceded).

Yerry Mina has revealed how Marco Silva played a key role in his move to Everton and why he is "very happy" with his decision.

"Ruben came back from the World Cup and it was clear that the new manager, who hadn't even been appointed at that time, would probably want some time to assess him before he made a decision".

"I don't think the reception will be the best", Barkley told the Evening Standard.

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