Maurizio Sarri praises Ross Barkley for reviving Chelsea career

Davide Zappacosta is in contention to come back into Chelsea's starting line-up at full back

Davide Zappacosta is in contention to come back into Chelsea's starting line-up at full back

Barkley may be facing his boyhood club, but Sarri likes to take the emotion out of such occasions - and the Former Everton man may not start.

"It is mentally challenging (playing after a teammate is injured) but sometimes it comes with the game, and Danny has had a lot of injuries", winger Alex Iwobi told BT Sport. There were few better than him during his day. In a league where a team is managed by Pep Guardiola, the fact that Chelsea are above that team in the passing chart shows how much of an influence Sarri has been. Everton have lost 11 of their last 13 top-flight games on a Sunday.

BATE Borisov hit the woodwork three times in Belarus, where Giroud ended his drought seven minutes into the second half with a near-post header from a left-wing cross by Emerson Palmieri, who had been found by Jorginho's pass.

Chelsea are nearly back to full strength after both Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud got minutes under their belt in the Europa League.

Rangers are now level on points with Spartak in an incredibly tight Group G, one point behind leaders Villarreal after the Spaniards' goalless draw with Rapid Vienna in Austria.

Despite the knock, Richarlison played on for the full 90 minutes at Goodison Park and scored goals either side of the break in the win.

Reigning Scottish champions Celtic gave themselves a lifeline in Group B, as Odsonne Edouard's 79th-minute strike saw them beat RB Leipzig 2-1 in their must-win clash at Parkhead.

The 24-year-old has thrived under Sarri, scoring three goals in his last five games and earning an England recall.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Chelsea kicked off their Europa League campaign on a winning note following their 1-0 win over PAOK Thessaloniki FC at the Toumba Stadium.

With the ex-Napoli manager at the helm, the Blues have embarked on a 16-match unbeaten run in all competitions, seeing them sit second in the Premier League standings while also looking on course to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League.

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