Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

BATE Borisov v Chelsea: Eden Hazard in squad for Europa League tie

BATE Borisov v Chelsea: Eden Hazard in squad for Europa League tie

City goalkeeper Ederson upended striker Danny Ings and the former Liverpool striker scored with the spot-kick.

Eden Hazard has travelled to Belarus to be part of the squad for the game. "That doesn't mean Liverpool can't win the league", he told Sky Sports.

The reigning champions look in ominous form, all without the injured Kevin de Bruyne who was so crucial for them last season, and so it doesn't bode particularly well for their rivals hoping to topple them.

Chelsea have now won six consecutive Europa League games, since a 2-3 defeat at Rubin Kazan in April 2013.

These are the games where you need to concentrate a lot because if you don't, you lose.

The forward moved to Anfield from Hoffenheim in the summer of 2015 during Brendan Rodgers' reign but has emerged as one of the Merseysiders' most important players under Klopp.

Kovacic, who is on loan at Chelsea from Real Madrid, urged his team to avoid a repeat of Liverpool's toil: 'I watched the game and Liverpool struggled a lot. We are still unbeaten and we haven't played at our highest level yet, because we've been with the coach only two or three months.

However, Morata seems to have found a new lease of life under Maurizio Sarri, scoring a brace against Crystal Palace on Sunday to take his season's tally to six.

Belgium global Hazard returned from two weeks out with a back problem when he came on in the 64th minute of Sunday's 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace. For us, the best work for him is that he will play for 45 or 50 minutes tomorrow [on Thursday].

That is thanks to their incredible defensive record, which has seen them concede just three goals in their first 10 matches to leave them on a par with the great Chelsea side of 2004-05.

"I don't know, I don't know", Sarri said in the post-match press conference when he was asked if his side can keep up with Manchester City.

Attack: Eden Hazard has travelled with the squad to Belarus and Sarri has confirmed he will give the Belgian worldwide 45 minutes tomorrow.

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