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Giroud scored Chelsea’s winner against BATE (Picture : Reuters)

Maurizio Sarri was delighted Olivier Giroud ended his goal drought, but insisted the striker should not concern himself with scoring for Chelsea.

Giroud’s pinpoint header was enough to see Chelsea past BATE Borisov and into the knockout stages of the Europa League.

The Frenchman last scored for Chelsea in May, but is a favourite of new Blues boss Sarri.

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Giroud admitted it was a relief to put the ball into the back of the net again, but Sarri claims the forward offers much more than just goals to his team.

‘Yes, I’m pleased for him,’ Sarri said. ‘He’s a very important player for us because he’s very useful for the team.

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‘But I know very well that strikers want to score. And so, for his confidence, I think it’s very important.

Sarri is a huge fan of Giroud (Picture: Getty)

‘But I don’t want him to be worried about scoring because, for us, he’s very important and very useful. Very important.’

Giroud’s goal maintained Chelsea’s 100 per cent record in Europe and the Blues remain the only unbeaten side in Europe’s top five leagues.

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