Giroud awaits Lampard’s verdict after a four-goal performance

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Olivier Giroud refused to be fooled by his chances of maintaining a place in Chelsea’s starting eleven after scoring all four goals in a 4-0 win over Sevilla in the Champions League.

Giroud scored with his left foot in the first half at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuan before adding more goals with his right and head, as well as a penalty to help the Blues secure first place in Group E on Wednesday.

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea is in action against Leeds United in the Premier League on Saturday, but Giroud, who is the second player from France to score four goals in a single Champions League game after Bafetimbi Gomis for Lyon in December 2011, he could still lose his place to Chelsea’s regular forward Tammy Abraham.

“Let me enjoy the night and that great victory and then we will rest and see what the player’s plan is,” French World Cup winner Giroud told BT Sport.

“When you win 4-0 in a Champions League away game, it’s always a great feeling and a good performance from the team. We took the game from the front and we were efficient up front, especially for me because I scored four goals.

“I will try to continue like this to finish the good work of the team. It’s always good to be in the club’s history and we play football to mark our history, so I’m happy to help the team win and score all four goals.

Giroud, who scored three goals for Arsenal against Olympiacos in December 2015, is the second player to score a Champions League hat-trick for various English teams after Michael Owen (Liverpool and Manchester United).

He is the third player to score a perfect hat-trick (left, right and header) for an English team in the Champions League after Álvaro Negredo and Harry Kane.

Commenting on that feat, Giroud said: “I didn’t know until two years ago that you were calling it a perfect hat-trick, when I scored against Kiev in the Europa League I said ‘what do you mean?’

“It was good, although I had good assists.”

The 34-year-old, who is the second player to score four goals for an English team in a Champions League match after Ruud van Nistelrooy in Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Sparta Prague in November 2004, said Chelsea players are anxious. to welcome fans to Stamford Bridge for the first time since March on Saturday.

“It’s been a long time,” Giroud said. “We miss our fans, football is not the same sport, the passion is not the same without the fans, so obviously we are looking forward to Saturday and we look forward to a good welcome.”

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