Lampard: Giroud performance has “given me a lot to think about”

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on February 22, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)

Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock in Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The Frenchman was making just his third league start of the season for Chelsea and Frank Lampard admits that his performance has given him “a lot to think about.”

“The way he played was fantastic. I think not just the goal, but the link-up play, the link he had with Mason Mount and Ross Barkley and the work he did for us off the ball,” Lampard said.

He added, “I don’t want to go on whose starting or not [against Bayern Munich] because it’s a tight turnaround. The effort put in against Tottenham in a London derby was huge so I have to assess that all the way up to the game.”

Giroud has featured just nine times for The Blues this season and was heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.

Lampard criticized his side’s lack of conviction following their defeat against Manchester United on 17 February and Giroud’s surge in form is only likely to work to his advantage.

The supporters have started to turn the screw on out-of-favour Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham has scored just once in six league games since the turn of the year.

This is something Lampard will be aware of as he hopes to improve their form in front of goal heading into the business end of the season.

“I know that I can rely on Ollie. He’s professional and he’s quality,” Lampard revealed.  

Giroud has scored just six league goals since arriving from Arsenal in January 2018. But his record of 79 goals in 227 Premier League appearances suggest Chelsea are in capable hands with the Frenchman leading the line.

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