Alvaro Morata started the game against PAOK before being replaced by Olivier Giroud later in the second period, with 9 minutes left to go in Chelsea‘s opening game of Europa League group stage.
Chelsea cruised to a 0-1 win courtesy of an early goal from Brazilian star Willian, with Pedro injured.
And manager Maurizio Sarri, speaking after the clash, stated “Alvaro was unlucky” against the Greek side.
“Alvaro has to gain confidence with one, two, three goals. I am not able to give him confidence. In this match he has had three, four opportunities” Sarri said.
“He was unlucky. I hope for him that in the future I can try to help him, but the confidence can become only with goals. With two goals in two matches. I don’t know.
“I also have to say Alvaro was ready in the box, maybe for the first time this season. He was active”.