Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has expressed his displeasure at his team’s performance against BATE despite their 1-0 victory.
The Blues secured a place in the next round of the competition after surving a scare from the home side.
Giroud’s first goal since May helped the Londoners win three points on a cold evening in Barysaw.
The Belarusian champions struck the post three times and could have snatched a late equalizer.
Chelsea boss, Sarri didn’t like that his team struggled to create chances and almost lost control of the game.
“We didn’t play very well. I didn’t like the first half because we moved the ball only slowly,” the Italian told reporters.
“It was very difficult to be dangerous, but we were better in the first 25 minutes of the second half. We didn’t manage the last 15 minutes well.
“The best thing is the result. It wasn’t very easy to play a good game here, with the conditions.”
French striker, Giroud scored his first goal in the Sarri era, and the 59-year-old was pleased for him.
“I am pleased for him. He is very important for us. I know very well a striker wants to score. For his confidence, it is very important.” Sarri added.