Europa League Game zone BATE Borisov Chelsea

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Ma­teo Ko­vacic has told Chelsea to use Liver­pool’s Bel­grade night­mare as a warn­ing as they at­tempt to se­cure a place in the last 32.

Chelsea, who have gone 16 games un­beaten, are ex­pect­ing a rau­cous at­mos­phere in the Borisov Arena in Bary­saw and Ko­vacic is de­ter­mined to en­sure Chelsea avoid suf­fer­ing the same trou­bles as Liver­pool did in their de­feat by Red Star.

“I watched the game against Liver­pool and they strug­gled a lot,” said Ko­vacic. “We have to be pre­pared and we don’t want what hap­pened to Liver­pool to hap­pen to us.”

Mau­r­izzio Sarri has opted to rest striker Al­varo Mo­rata, while N’golo Kante was a late call-up to the squad af­ter Cesc Fabre­gas was taken ill.

Eden Haz­ard is ex­pected to play at least 50 min­utes this evening.

Sarri said: “Mo­rata played three matches in a row, so I thought it was bet­ter for him to rest and to have two good train­ing ses­sions”

BATE Borisov wrapped up their 13th con­sec­u­tive Be­larus league cham­pi­onship on Sun­day, but are bot­tom of the group on goal dif­fer­ence. BATE Borisov

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