"The manager said to win this, and that the target is top of the group".
Chelsea fans were clearly delighted to see one of their own impressing on such a stage but Sarri's bench seemed as delighted, rising to their feet as Loftus-Cheek got his hat-trick to give him a standing ovation.
Loftus-Check secured his hat-trick soon after the restart when Pedro drove at goal from the left wing and was tackled in the penalty box, and the 22-year-old quickly seized the loose ball, whipping it into the far corner. He's MORE than good enough to start for us NOW. "We're doing so well at the moment, that competition really drives the team". It's very hard to solve the tactical problem without an improvement in the defensive phase of these three midfielders.
"He's always trying to help me, defensively and position-wise", Loftus-Cheek told Sky Sports News.
Asked if he could remember a specific mistake he had made and learned from during his time as a coach in Italy, Sarri replied: "There are 100, I think". I knew then that this season was going to be my time, and that I would be more like a new signing this summer than I was in January, just because of where I was at physically.
BATE Borisov have lost three of their four meetings with English clubs (W1) - losing 1-2 at home to Everton in 2009-10, and losing both meetings with Arsenal last season by an aggregate score of 10-2.
'In the offensive phase, wonderful, ' Sarri said. "It's been a very good two seasons and I am looking forward to more". So we need to change some of them.
Aside from Hazard, the only confirmed injury absentee is Ethan Ampadu, who remains sidelined for the next week or two with a knee problem.