Giroud States His Claim For The Camp Nou
Olivier Giroud has been speaking after the weekend`s victory over Crystal Palace. With Liverpool dropping points at United a win was crucial as Chelsea push for a top four finish.
With home fixtures against our two nearest rivals still to come, the fight for a Champions League spot is still very much in our own hands. Giroud didn`t score on Saturday evening, but it wasn`t for the want of trying. He had a shot cleared off the line and another hit the post. Eden Hazard selflessly tried to set the Frenchman up. That all bodes well for final games of the season. Speaking in the Evening Standard the striker sums up those final games,
"We basically had nine finals to win, we've won the first one but now we put the Premier League on the side and we have to focus on Barcelona."
"I think we have a good chance to go through if we stick together with solidarity. We know it will be tough but I believe in the quality of this team."
Wednesday evening will be tough, but we`ve seen Chelsea overcome this particular hurdle before. This is different side though and the only player that remains a part of that victorious night in the Camp Nou is Gary Cahill. His role that evening was cut short by injury though.
As fans we have to believe that another famous victory can be achieved over the Catalan giants. Giroud`s link up play with Eden Hazard showed promising signs. Giroud knows that could be critical in Barcelona,
"I think I`m adapting well, I try to have a good understanding on the pitch with the number 10s like Eden and Willian. We did some great movements. We could, and should, have scored more goals but as long as you are getting chances to score it means you are creating spaces so that`s good."
Of course it remains to be seen whether Antonio Conte starts Giroud but after Saturday`s win he`s certainly put himself in the box-seat. With Alvaro Morata struggling for goals and looking low on confidence there is surely only one choice for the manager.