Chelsea edge out BATE Borisov to reach last 32 of Europa League

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

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

Everton manager Marco Silva on his side's away form: "I don't have doubts that we will improve to the end of the season".

And things are looking good for Maurizio Sarri in terms of injury news too, with a fully fit squad at the moment.

The conservative, reactive approach of recent seasons has paved way for a high-energy, attacking approach that has seen the Blues lead the league in passes made, while also coming second in the shots taken and goals scored.

"It is a bit more flexible now, I would say, with a little bit more freedom to go forward".

"On the day I might get a few nerves as it will feel a bit unusual".

Sarri remarked afterwards: "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".

"It was very hard to be risky, but we were better in the first 25 minutes of the second half".

"In the last match he played only for 30 minutes".

"I like very much him, because I think he is a complete player".

They nearly took an early lead when Dmitri Baga's shot struck the outside of the post just before Igor Stasevich's flick from a corner was kept out by Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Dmitri Baga had hit the post in the first half from long range and Nikolai Signevich followed sit on the hour mark.

Asked what aspect of the game pleased him most, Sarri replied: "The result. But I don't want him to be anxious about scoring because for us he's very important". "He's a very important player for us, he's very useful for the team but I know very well that strikers want to score, and so for his confidence it's very important". And so for his confidence I think it's very important.

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