Europa League: Sarri criticizes Chelsea players after 1-0 win over BATE

Kepa shows off his ball control skills as he trains with his fellow goalkeepers in Belarus

Kepa shows off his ball control skills as he trains with his fellow goalkeepers in Belarus

I think we could have done better. "I thought it was better for him to stay at Cobham and rest and have only training".

The best thing about this evening was the result. "I don't know if I am improving or if it is only the temperature".

Sarri also confirmed that Alvaro Morata has remained back in London to train rather than play another match.

'It wasn't very easy to play a good game here. There was all the conditions to play very badly, for the cold, for the opponents, for the pitch, for everything.

A drab first half was delayed for several minutes when Danny Welbeck, given a rare start just hours after being named in Gareth Southgate's England squad, had to be stretchered off with what looked a nasty injury after seeing a header saved by Renan Ribeiro.

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. "It was a very hard day for me".

"We moved it too slowly".

However, in an intimidating stadium in one of the furthest corners of Europe, under the Belarusian fog, Chelsea have failed to produce anything of any real quality in the first-half of the game.

Giroud had gone 795 minutes without finding the net for Chelsea before nodding in Emerson's inviting delivery from the left flank in the 52nd minute, and speaking to BT Sport after the match he expressed his relief at breaking his duck.

Both sides were the beneficiaries of comical own goals in a insane first half which ended with Glenn Middleton putting the Scots 3-2 ahead, but Luiz Adriano and Sofiane Hanni both scored in the space of 71 seconds to snatch Spartak victory. Then we managed not really very well the last 15 minutes. "You always have to work hard and keep the faith".

'We felt that for him it's better to play, not for 90 minutes, but to play after two weeks of not playing. "But, I don't want him to be anxious about scoring, because for us he's very important, very useful".

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