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The Frenchman believes Liverpool’s stuttering form gives the Blues a chance to get into the mix for the top flight trophy.
Olivier Giroud has revealed his burning desire to win the Premier League this season and insists that Chelsea still have a chance to join the title race.
Liverpool picked up its first national crown in 30 years last season, finishing 18 points clear at the top of the table ahead of previous champion Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp’s team became the only team to clinch the trophy with seven games to spare, but they haven’t been able to match that kind of consistency in the first half of the 2020-21 campaign.
Although the Reds have risen back to the top after 16 games, they are only in first place on goal difference ahead of Manchester United with a tough trip to Southampton next Monday night.
Chelsea have slipped seven points behind the Merseyside side after a streak of just one win in their last five games, and cannot afford to lose any more ground when they host City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
It has been suggested that the Blues are now playing for a spot in the top four, but Giroud still believes the Premier League is at stake and is determined to collect the award for the first time in his illustrious career in May.
“Due to the fact that Liverpool are not flying like the previous two years, we can join the race for the title, that’s my goal,” the French forward told Chelsea. official website. “Obviously we have to learn from the disappointing results, but we are not going to change our goal because it is very tight. I also want to win this Premier League, it is something I want very much.”
When asked why Liverpool have not been able to walk away again this season, Giroud replied: “Firstly because there are no fans in the stadiums, so maybe the smaller teams, if I can say that on paper, when They come to places like Bridge or Anfield or the Emirates against the big teams they could play with less pressure.
“It’s easier, that would explain the fact that the Premier League is tight this year due to lack of fans, and also because today football has improved a lot and the smaller teams have improved a lot. The difference between small teams and the big teams are getting smaller now. “
Giroud was forced to play a supporting role following the summer signing of Timo Werner early in the campaign, but has gradually worked his way into Frank Lampard’s starting eleven.
The 34-year-old’s current contract expires in June, but he insists he is quite satisfied in his current environment amid stiff competition for places.
“Nine goals in six starts is not a bad thing, it’s a good statistic for a forward,” Giroud added.
“We are all looking for the best statistics. The more efficient we are, the better for the team and obviously we have a lot of talented forwards and it is always a headache for the coach to choose the right one, with different qualities up front and also with a good one. understanding and complement between front and back.
“Competition is good for everyone. It’s good to step up, stay focused and do my best to stay in the team. For me, I’m very happy to have scored nine goals in six starts, but I have to keep it up to help the team achieve our goals.
“As an experienced player, I’ve been in the Premier League for nine years, so I know the league very well, I only try to give advice when the younger players want it.
“If they need something, they know I’m a good shoulder, they can step on it. I just want the best for the team, I just want to win this Premier League and I’m here to help.”