BATE Borisov boss Alyaksey Baha feels that the lessons learnt from last season’s 6-0 defeat by Arsenal will serve them well ahead of their Europa League game at Chelsea
The Belarusian champions were handed a humbling defeat by Arsenal in their last visit to London a year ago and hope that the experience will leave them better prepared for their latest trip to the English capital.
Aside from that, Baha is taking encouragement Videoton’s performance against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.
The Hungarians lost 1-0 in their Group L clash with Chelsea on the night, but Baha thinks they were unfortunate to have lost the game.
“We have followed all the games Chelsea have played,” Baha told reporters on the club website.
“Videoton played well, had plenty of chances and could have got a different result. They are an example for us.
“We analyse the games (against Arsenal) so we learnt from our mistakes. Now, a year later we are here in England, in London, playing against a top club, and we hope for a better result this time.”
Baha has also been boosted by the news that Eden Hazard will not be playing tonight.
Although he will be without forward Mikhail Gordeichuk and defender Nemanja Milunovic due to injury.
BATE have won the Belarusian Premier League for the last 12 years in succession.