Chelsea continued their unbeaten start to the season as they narrowly defeated BATE Borisov in the Europa League.
The Blues continued to impress in the competition and extended their lead at the top of Group L as Olivier Giroud’s first goal of the season secured all three points for Maurizio Sarri’s side.
Chelsea fielded a strong line-up but were unable to breach a resilient BATE defence in the first half, as they were limited to not one shot on target.
However, Giroud was able to pop up with an important goal in the 52nd-minute as he proved to be the decisive player between the two sides in Belarus.
The win means that Chelsea have now qualified for the Europa League’s Round of 32.
It was a hard-earned three points for Chelsea and a win that will set them up nicely ahead of their upcoming Premier League clash against Everton on Sunday.
Here are our Chelsea player ratings from the win against BATE Borisov on Thursday night.
Kepa Arrizabalaga - 8
Made an excellent first-half save to keep the score at 0-0. Untested in the second-half but faultless throughout.
Davide Zappacosta - 5
Failed to take his rare chance in the line-up as he turned in a mediocre display.
Gary Cahill - 6
Comfortable enough at the back but his wastefulness in possession will concern Sarri.
Andreas Christensen - 5
Struggled to convince and often looked shaky.
Emerson Palmieri - 5
Improved as the game progressed after a slow start but was still positionally poor.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek - 6
Loftus-Cheek was energetic but failed to truly influence proceedings.
Jorginho - 6
A reasonably quiet game for Jorginho, but he kept things ticking over.
Ross Barkley - 5
Barkley couldn’t quite find a killer pass on the night and was generally anonymous.
Pedro - 7
Always looked to threaten the BATE defence and despite his occasionally wayward decision-making, Pedro was a danger.
Eden Hazard - 7
Hazard continued his recovery from a back problem with an energetic display.
Olivier Giroud - 7
Wasn’t involved in large parts of the match but scored the decisive goal to send Chelsea through.
Willian – 5: Had little impact when he was introduced.
Mateo Kovacic – 7: Kovacic was influential following his introduction and added drive to the midfield.
Callum Hudson-Odoi – N/A: Had no time to make an impact.