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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said that Olivier Giroud has made a good case to start against Leeds on Saturday after his four-goal streak against Sevilla.
Giroud scored a perfect hat-trick followed by a left-handed penalty to sweep the Spanish in the Champions League.
Chelsea had previously secured progression to the round of 16, so the victory was not crucial. However, Giroud’s display was just that in his quest for more playing time.
In fact it was the French that sent Chelsea into the round of 16 last week with a header against Rennes.
When asked after Wednesday’s game if he deserved a start on Saturday, Lampard was reserved. However, he admitted the size of the feat Giroud had accomplished.
“We will have to see, it is a tight change, but there are four goals in a game,” said the coach. BT sport.
“It’s not just about his performance, but when you play with him and use his strengths and speed, there is a real balance in the rest of the team.”
Chelsea boss: “Four goals at this level and the quality of the goals… the individual aspects of Olivier and the team aspects in the first half, from back to front the team was great.
“[It was an] amazing solo performance by Olivier. [I’m] delighted with him, delighted with the team. This is a difficult place to come. There were moments in the first half when it was difficult and we got through it. “
Giroud’s loot also marked a significant moment for French football. The performance means that he has now surpassed Zinedine Zidane by goals in the Champions League.
Lampard greets reliable Giroud
“Olivier is reliable, period. Not only for us, but also for his international goals with France, he is on a par with great French players,” Lampard said.
“That’s a great statistic on Zidane, but that doesn’t bother me too much somehow. But I’m worried about what he gives us in the field.
“There couldn’t be a teammate that players are happier about the way Olivier is on training ground and in games.”
Chelsea they have the opportunity to extend their unbeaten streak to 13 matches in all competitions when they face Leeds.