Though it was far from convincing, Chelsea on Thursday started their campaign in the Europa League on a winning note.

Willian’s early goal gave Chelsea a dream start to their Europa League campaign in a 1-0 triumph over PAOK that made it six victories in a row for Maurizio Sarri’s men.

The Brazil international’s fourth strike in his last five European matches followed a surging run from Ross Barkley, who impressed in Thessaloniki.

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Chelsea’s winning margin should have been far wider, but they were wasteful in front of goal, with Alvaro Morata the main culprit.

But it mattered little as the Blues secured three points in what could be the toughest of their away trips in Group L.

For the upteenth time, the Chelsea coach did not consider former Nigeria international, Victor Moses good enough for action as he was rooted to the bench from start to finish.

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