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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud scored all four goals against Sevilla and the Blues won all 4-0 but secured their position at the top of the E Champions League.
Giroud, who admitted his playing time level was “concerning” last month, made a statement of intent in leading Chelsea to the knockout stages last week.
And the Frenchman continued that resurgence on Wednesday. In fact, he was unstoppable throughout when he sent a stern message to Chief Frank Lampard about his future ahead of the January transfer window.
Giroud’s first goal came after he hit a good left foot kick into the corner. It was Kai Havertz, who has also struggled for action lately, who was assisted.
Sevilla’s early threat was demonstrated, however, when a fight on goal almost ended in a draw. However, Chelsea managed to clear the ball.
But the Spanish team grew in the game, winning two free throws, albeit harmless, just outside the penalty area.
Blues extreme Christian pulisic He has struggled through injury in recent weeks but showed signs of his raw talent in the first half. The American’s pace was a constant danger and he shot a wide opportunity, before his next effort was saved.
Chelsea, however, came into the break with their 1-0 lead intact after staying relatively compact without the ball.
Sevilla had the best early opportunity of the first half, Nemanja Gudelj shot on Edouard Mendy’s goal on the half volley.
But it was Chelsea Giroud edged past Sevilla goalkeeper Alfonso Pastor after a precise pass from Mateo Kovacic.
Pulisic continued to hit the visitors’ attack and forced a block from his shot after a breakaway.
Mason Mount I should have added Chelsea’s third, but there was only one man who intended to do so: Giroud. The Frenchman completed his hat-trick with a header from a cross by N’Golo Kante.
However, Giroud was not made there. After Chelsea won a penalty, he kept calm to send the goalkeeper down the wrong path and shoot the ball into the upper right corner.
Chelsea will return to action on Saturday when they face Leeds in the Premier League.