OLIVIER GIROUD set new data as he scored 4 targets to destroy Sevilla – after which admitted he might nonetheless face the axe on Saturday.
Giroud was given a standing ovation by the Chelsea bench as he got here off after changing into the oldest participant to attain a Champions League hat-trick earlier than finishing his rout from the spot.
Olivier Giroud might nonetheless discover himself omitted of the Chelsea crew on Saturday regardless of scoring 4 towards SevillaCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
However the 34-year-old nonetheless doesn’t know if he has executed sufficient to start out for the Blues towards Leeds this weekend.
Giroud mentioned: “Simply let me benefit from the evening, that nice win. After a relaxation then we’ll see what the gaffer’s plan is.”
The French worldwide admitted final month he could be forced to quit Stamford Bridge if he doesn’t get extra alternatives to play.
Final evening was solely his second begin of the season, however Blues boss Frank Lampard admits he’ll find it hard to leave out the veteran when Leeds come to town on Saturday.
He mentioned: “We’ll should see – it is a tight turnaround but it surely’s 4 targets in a recreation.
“It’s an amazing performance to score four goals at Champions League level against a really good opponent, and the person high quality of all of his targets.
“Rightly he will get a standing ovation as he comes off the pitch. I am delighted for him.
“He’s the final word skilled and I feel he is executed that in his profession and I feel that is why with Oli, you see his numbers for France and also you his numbers within the Champions League.
“He wasn’t at all times a daily earlier than I received right here however as quickly as I got here in I might really feel the positivity off of him as a participant, how he desires to try to how he desires to have an effect on individuals whether or not he begins or not.
“Olivier is dependable, full cease. Not only for us however his international goals for France, he’s up there with great French individuals, he is received nice statistics.
“I am not too bothered about that in a means however I’m bothered about what he offers us on the pitch.
“There could not be a team-mate there that the gamers are happier for due to the best way Olivier is across the coaching pitch and within the video games.”
Chelsea have now assured themselves of top spot in Group E with one game left to play – and Lampard hailed the show of a aspect which noticed 9 modifications to the crew which confronted Tottenham.
He added: “We handled issues, we defended effectively, we have been organised and a few of our play was nice, whether or not it was our consolation on the ball, whether or not it was a counter attacking at tempo to trigger a risk to them.
“There have been so many huge pluses from tonight that we have to proceed with that.”
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Giroud is a well-liked man contained in the Stamford Bridge dressing room and was mobbed by his team-matesCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
The Frenchman grew to become the oldest hat-trick goalscorer within the Champions League Credit score: Getty Pictures – Getty