Chelsea boss Sarri: We weren't great; but we've qualified

Maurizio Sarri insists Eden Hazard would have stayed in England if he wasn't fully fit

Maurizio Sarri insists Eden Hazard would have stayed in England if he wasn't fully fit

Sarri is set to make wholesale changes to his defence after resting his key men for the Europa League win over BATE Borisov.

Olivier Giroud broke his goal-scoring duck after netting the victor in Minsk but Morata has been in fine form of late having scored four goals in his last four Premier League games so he's favourite to lead the line up front on Sunday.

The Toffees have a rotten record at the stadium, failing to win on any of their last 23 Premier League visits, dating all the way back to 1994. I don't know if I am... "It's normal for a player to play three matches and then rest for one, otherwise we could have a squad with only 13 or 14 players", he added.

Asked what aspect of the game pleased him most, Sarri replied: "The result".

"The best situation is the result". There was all the conditions to play very badly, for the cold, for the opponents, for the pitch, for everything.

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"A good cross from Emerson and that's what we need to do more often.' Chelsea were lucky to come away from the Borisov Arena with all three points, as BATE wasted several chances to get something out of the game".

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Welbeck's replacement, had the first real opening of the game but volleyed wide from just a few yards out early in the second half. "I didn't like the first half because we moved the ball only slowly", Sarri told reporters.

'But I don't want him to be anxious about scoring because, for us, he's very important and very useful. It was really very hard to be unsafe. "We felt that for him it's better to play, not for 90 minutes, but to play after two weeks of not playing", the Italian coach explained. "For his confidence it is very important". We didn't manage the last 15 minutes well.

"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.

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