Chelsea need to give defender Cesar Azpilicueta a rest against Slavia Prague

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud

Marcos Alonso's late header saved Chelsea's night, with the Blues now expected to complete the job in next week's second leg and reach the semi-finals. "I told him everything in August, he appreciated but chose to remain and so he knew very well the situation". Of course, if at the end of the first half we were 1-0, I wouldn't have used him'.

His absence came after news broke that he had been arrested in the early hours of Monday morning - prior to Chelsea's 2-0 win over West Ham in the Premier League - after crashing his auto on a country road in Mere, Greater Manchester as he reportedly drove home from a party.

Sarri warned his players to expect a testing second leg, despite the Blues being clear favourites to progress.

"We need to think the second leg will be hard, too, because these opponents are risky away - like in the round against Genk". Like in the round against Genk. Slavia are a fast team, so we need to be very, very compact and defend really very well.

"The opponents are very physical, very aggressive and so we knew we had to face difficulties during the match".

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Speaking in an interview quoted by Sky Sports, Christensen said: "I have not had a conversation with the club and they have not told me I am staying".

"Not this week", Sarri said when asked if he has spoken to Drinkwater.

Sarri plans to make five or six changes for the Europa League match and says his side will need to be on their toes to get a result. And so, in this match, he was out. After the training I went immediately to work because I wanted to see the last match of Slavia.

Three Chelsea supporters were barred entry into the club's Europa League tie here after they were identified by security staff as having engaged in a chant describing the Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah, as a "bomber".

'Of course it's right that the club has a very strong decision. "I think I will speak with him on Friday".

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