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Giroud breaks goal duck in Chelsea win against BATE Borisov

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Cary Erickson | 09 November, 2018, 23:52

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.

He explained: 'He is not the same Michael that I saw during the pre-season and the first match as well.

Chelsea are through to the next round of this year's Europa League clash after narrowly beating BATE Borisov 1-0 in their match day encounter at the Borisov Arena.

"We didn't play very well".

The win extended the London club's unbeaten streak this season to 17 games.

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".

"I think they can play together, but I think Loftus-Cheek has got to play one of the wider roles if Barkley plays, where your [Eden] Hazards, Pedros and Willians are", he added.

The visitors broke the deadlock just seven minutes into the second half having played barren draw in the first stanza.

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

BATE were denied by the woodwork three times, including once in stoppage time as the hosts went within inches of rescuing a result in frosty conditions.

Giroud struck moments later, heading in Emerson Palmieri's cross at the near post.

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

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. "You always have to work hard and keep the faith".

"We know he's important for us as a striker and as a winger", he said.

"But, I don't want him to be anxious about scoring, because for us he's very important, very useful".

The forward, who was Silva's first signing as Everton boss, joined the club with big expectations but has repaid the confidence the Goodison Park hierarchy paid him with some important displays so far this season.