Giroud revels as Chelsea match victor


"If we can buy them in the beginning it is better but you know how the market is".

The visitors quickly started to monopolise possession, but despite seeing over 70 percent of the ball in the first half, they failed to even manage a shot on target against a well-drilled BATE outfit.

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.

Right-back Seamus Coleman is going to need an extra body around him to help defend against in-form Chelsea sensation Eden Hazard.

Chelsea now sit two points behind Manchester City and with the league leaders taking on Manchester United in Sunday's 4.30pm kick-off, Maurizio Sarri will know this is a great opportunity to apply some pressure on Pep Guardiola's men.

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They beat Borisov 3-1 in the reverse fixture in England late last month as they claim 4-1 on aggregate over the Belarusian Premier League side.

The Icelander came up for me at similar odds when netting at Old Trafford from the spot and he has a great record at the big grounds.

But Coleman said if they wanted to progress under Silva they had to start winning games against the top six, especially as their last victory was in January 2017 with the surprise 4-0 demolition of Manchester City. "We didn't play very well", Sarri added.

"It was still a good opportunity for us to take them on loan".

Asked if Everton will consider any further loan purchases, Silva is quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying: "First, and most importantly, is if they are good players. But, I don't want him to be anxious about scoring, because for us he's very important, very useful". In return, I want to give back that affection by playing well and giving my all for the shirt. Kickoff from Stamford Bridge in London is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. ET.