Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri. Having comfortably despatched BATE in our previous group game, we expected Chelsea to make light work of this contest. "All these things, added to what he already had, is making him one of the best midfielders in the country".
"I was in trouble", Sarri said.
'If he's not fit it's a good opening for another player to play in that position'.
"I like very much him, because I think he is a complete player". We moved the ball only horizontal and slowly.
Both sides were the beneficiaries of comical own goals in a insane first half which ended with Glenn Middleton putting the Scots 3-2 ahead, but Luiz Adriano and Sofiane Hanni both scored in the space of 71 seconds to snatch Spartak victory.
"In the last match he played only for 30 minutes".
BATE had no such difficulty at the other end and the home side nearly went ahead in the 12th minute through Dzmitry Baha, but the midfielder's 25-yard strike hit the post with Kepa Arrizabalaga beaten.
That prompted a strong response from Bate, but Nikolai Signevich struck the left post and Aleksey Rios blazed over from close range as the Blues held on to win.
Apart from this spectacular string of results, Sarri has also introduced a more enterprising brand of football at Stamford Bridge.
"I was hoping to score soon because I came back late from the World Cup and I was lacking maybe a bit of efficiency and luck but you always need to keep working hard and keep the faith and that's what happened tonight", France striker Giroud told BT Sport. "For his confidence it is very important".
The England global has become a regular under Sarri, scoring three goals in his last five Chelsea appearances.