Maurizio Sarri admitted the only positive from Chelsea's win over BATE was the result, after their below-par performance. Davide Zappacosta and Emerson Palmeiri also get recalls in defence.
Olivier Giroud struck the only goal of the night.
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"I didn't like the first half". Last season, he was on target in both games against the Belarusian champion when he played for Arsenal in Europe's second tier competition. "Then we managed not really very well the last 15 minutes".
As Sarri was no doubt keen to conclude what he described as a "hard day", the Italian and assistant Gianfranco Zola were given a memento to return home with from their hosts.
He added: "Today I was in trouble, too". But I know very well strikers want to score.
BATE, comfortably beaten last month in London, struck the woodwork three times, including deep in stoppage time, and Eden Hazard's services were required for longer than anticipated in Belarus.
Both sides were the beneficiaries of comical own goals in a insane first half which ended with Glenn Middleton putting the Scots 3-2 ahead, but Luiz Adriano and Sofiane Hanni both scored in the space of 71 seconds to snatch Spartak victory.
"I'm pleased for him".
"For me, football is about levels and, if you don't defend properly and you don't do the basics well enough, high-level players and high-level teams normally punish you and that was the case tonight", Gerrard told the Rangers website. "But, I don't want him to be anxious about scoring, because for us he's very important, very useful". And so for his confidence I think it's very important.