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

07 November 2018

The 26-year-old has scored five goals in his last six appearances for manager, Maurizio Sarri's side, including a brace during Sunday's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League encounter. If this happens, Sarri's troops can very realistically launch a credible challenge for the Premier League as well as the other major trophies on offer.

Next up is a tough game against a Watford side who started the season really strongly - it remains unclear whether Hughes ill be in charge.

Liverpool beat their Champions League opponents Red Star Belgrade 4-0 at home a fortnight ago but switched off in the return leg this week and were comprehensively beaten in Serbia.

While speaking to reporters, the 29-year-old Spaniard explained that Chelsea can not afford to drop points if they want to go ahead of Manchester City, "It's in our hands".

The Blues - who are now unbeaten - climbed above Liverpool into second place after their 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

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Carragher added: "On the back of the Spain game against England, hopefully we will see a bit more of that because he does need to up his stats in terms of goals and assists for the national team".

Morata scored twice against Palace, but Chelsea have opted to rest the in-form striker.

Asked about Morata's omission, Sarri replied: 'He played for three matches in a row, so I thought it was better to rest at Cobham and have good training.

"Now I'm having more chances than a year ago".

David Silva slammed home their third from Sane's flick-on after 18 minutes but Danny Ings did pull one back from the spot after Ederson brought him down in the area. I think it is better for him to stay fit with two or three trainings than only with matches.

"In the last match he played only for 30 minutes".

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