"The most important thing is we need to be prepared so that what happened to Liverpool doesn't happen to us".
Having comfortably despatched BATE in our previous group game, we expected Chelsea to make light work of this contest.
That will be a big incentive for Sarri and his squad, as with some big matches on the horizon and a busy Christmas period to come, to have the ability to rest as many players as he wants in the final two games safe in the knowledge that the results are not important, would be a nice luxury to have.
Chelsea fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration after the Blues endured a hard first-half against BATE Borisov in Belarus.
With a busy schedule, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is likely to ring the changes for Thursday - though not too may with qualification within reach.
Sarri chose to go with a three man midfield of Jorginho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley on the night, meaning summer signing Matteo Kovacic had to make do with a place on the bench.
Chelsea went straight onto the front foot after the restart - presumably after some stern words from Sarri - and the visitors found the breakthrough in the 52nd minute as Giroud directed a glancing header inside the near post after meeting Emerson's cross from the left flank.
After two 1-0 wins to start the group, Chelsea turned it up a level against BATE last time out and will do the same with qualification on the line.
"He would like to score more goals from midfield I'm sure".
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Spearheaded by Eden Hazard in the Premier League, the Blues have only failed to score twice since Sarri took charge - once in the Community Shield against Manchester City and another against West Ham United last month.
Chelsea are on the verge of qualifying for the Europa League knockout stages after winning their first three matches despite using Hazard only sparingly in the competition so far.
Sarri was asked what the best aspect of the match was for him and he replied: "The result, I think".