Sarri dissatisfied with sluggish Chelsea's slow start against BATE



Maurizio Sarri was unimpressed with Chelsea's ponderous performance against BATE despite a 1-0 win securing his team's passage to the Europa League knockout rounds.

Olivier Giroud's first goal in 794 minutes of club football was one of few positives from a lethargic display that could well have cost the Premier League side.

"We didn't play very well. I didn't like the first half because we moved the ball only slowly," Sarri told reporters.

"It was very difficult to be dangerous, but we were better in the first 25 minutes of the second half. We didn't manage the last 15 minutes well.

"The best thing is the result. It wasn't very easy to play a good game here, with the conditions."

The goal opened Giroud's account under the Italian and was his first for Chelsea since May.

"I am pleased for him. He is very important for us," the Blues boss said.

"I know very well a striker wants to score. For his confidence it is very important."

France striker Giroud insisted he lost no belief in his ability during the drought.

"I maybe lacked a bit of efficiency and a bit of luck sometimes, but you always need to keep working hard in training and keep the faith," the 32-year-old told BT Sport. "That's what I did tonight."

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