Olivier Giroud

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has said that he has a fair competition with Alvaro Morata for the striker position. Earlier, Maurizio Sarri said that he hasn’t settled for a first-choice striker and will rotate between Giroud and Morata.

Morata started in Chelsea’s first four Premier League matches but it was Giroud who got the nod in the match against Cardiff City. The Frenchman provided two assists as Chelsea won 4-1.

Sarri said that he chose Giroud after watching previous matches of Cardiff City. The Italian also said that on the same basis, he will play Giroud in Chelsea’s Europa League opener against PAOK.

Olivier Giroud said that his competition with Morata can eventually benefit both of them. He said, “It has always been a fair competition between us and we will both try to step up to help the team reach our target. I didn’t play at the beginning of the season because I came back late from the World Cup. I had to be patient, I had to reach a decent physical level.

The coach said he wouldn’t make many changes until the end of August. He was clear about that. Alvaro did well at the start, he did all the pre-season. It was fair he started the season.

I’m happy to have a team-mate like that, who pushes me to do better. It’s positive for both of us. I want to play as many games as I can and try to be as efficient as I can for the team.”

Chelsea play PAOK tomorrow before resuming their Premier League campaign against West Ham on Sunday.


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