Chelsea saw out their first Europa League game of the season with a 1-0 victory over Superleague Greece side PAOK Thessaloniki FC to leave the Blues with maximum points from the opening games of the season.
They head into the Europa match on the back of five wins in the Premier League with their new boss, and a European victory despite the relatively meagre opposition will only add to the ecstasy.
However, there was a cause for concern during this Europa league fixture as one of their standout players of the seasons so far, Pedro, was taken off after what looked liked a dislocated shoulder and footage during the match showed Chelsea’s medical team trying to ease the 31-year-old’s pain on the sidelines.
Pedro had once be Chelsea man of the match with his superb performance at the Toumba Stadium.
Chelsea had made all three of their substitutions but the injury coming in the final minutes of the match allowed the Blues to see out the game.
According The Metro, Sarri insisted post-match that it’s “probably not a serious injury”.
The Chelsea gaffer said:
“I don’t know exactly the situation.
“I spoke for a few seconds, but that probably it is not a serious injury.’ Sarri was happy with how his team controlled proceedings but expressed his frustration at not killing the match.
“I think we were in control of the match for 90 minutes. We had a lot of opportunities. I am very happy with the three points, but not the result. We didn’t kill the match.”
Chelsea next play West Ham United at the London Stadium on Sunday 23rd September. Whether they take to the East London pitch Pedro-less remains to be seen.