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Chelsea 3 vs. 1 Bate Borisov Europa League Group Stage Review

Loftus-Cheek day!

Chelsea continued there winning run in the Europa League with a comfortable win against Bate Borisov. The lineup was fairly expected but Kovacic started ahead of Barkley while Willian started ahead of Pedro. Loftus-Cheek scored a brilliant hattrick with the first goal coming in the 2nd minute and goals following in the 8th and 53rd minute. Bate did grab a consolation goal in the 79th minute via Rios. 

The game was surprisingly the Chelsea’s first in the Europa League where they actually seemed to dominate the game. Every single player played the position as they should have as. The standout performer was Loftus-Cheek as he was everywhere and he certainly grabbed the chance given to him. Hudson-Odoi also made his first appearance since the Community Shield and played decently even creating a couple of chances. 

Sarri now has a tough decision to make about who he should start in the third midfield position. Kovacic is superior to Barkley, and Ruben when it comes to defence duties but Loftus-Cheek certainly possesses the edge when it comes to offensive capabilities, Barkley falls somewhere in the middle.  All three are in brilliant form and Sarri stated that they would have to improve in the defensive phase of their game to get the chance of playing simultaneously in the same team. 

As far as the Europa League is concerned Chelsea have now won three games in a row and that means that one more win or a draw would guarantee them the top spot. With three games left to play an early progression would mean that Sarri would be free to play as much youth as he can. Chelsea’s next game in the Europa League is a trip to Belarus to play Bate. 


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