Giroud ends goal drought, sends Chelsea through in Europa League

Giroud ends goal drought, sends Chelsea through in Europa League

Cape Town - Olivier Giroud was delighted to be back on the scoresheet, in Chelsea's 1-0 Europa League victory over BATE on Thursday night.

But, speaking at his pre-match press conference earlier yesterday, he said: "It's a very good challenge for us". There was all the conditions to play very badly, for the cold, for the opponents, for the pitch, for everything.

"I think there's something wrong with the way Chelsea buy players these days", Hudson added.

"I didn't like the first half. They will obligate us to do different things to what we want but when we have the ball we have to be ourselves". "It's very important because then we can talk again about this competition in February, when we will have another target".

For Sarri, it was a challenging day.

"Today I was in trouble, too".

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".

I have been doing yoga since I came to Chelsea. While there have been more fouls on Wilfried Zaha (32), Will Hughes and James Maddison (both 29), that trio have all played considerably more minutes than Hazard's 693 in the top flight.

Brazilian-born Italian defender Emerson Palmieri gave the assist that saw the Frenchman put the Premier League side ahead in the fixture.

Giroud told BT Sport: "It's true, I was hoping to score soon because I came back late from the World Cup and lacked a bit of luck".

Hazard said: "I'm 27 now and starting to get older, so I have to take more care of my body". We defended very well and they defended cohesively so it was hard to find solutions at times and stop them on the break.

"If they don't beat Everton I think he's got it horribly wrong because they would have won one of their games at home".

Chelsea, meanwhile, have conceded in seven of their nine matches at Stamford Bridge, winning them all apart from the draws with Liverpool and Man Utd.

Kurt Zouma is ineligible to face his parent club so Yerry Mina is set to make his first competitive start for the club after coming through Tuesday's friendly against Gor Mahia unscathed.

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