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CHRIS SUTTON: Olivier Giroud deserved the opportunity in the Champions League after the performance of Tottenham

CHRIS SUTTON: Olivier Giroud was Chelsea’s match winner against Tottenham … now he deserves a Champions League chance in the final 16 confrontation with Bayern Munich

  • Olivier Giroud showed that the class is permanent during the Chelsea victory over Tottenham
  • The Frenchman deserves a shot at the Bayern Munich defense on Tuesday night
  • Alternatively, Frank Lampard may prefer to hire pacy Tammy Abraham
  • His mobility can expose the high line of defense of German champions

“Thank you for winning our game against our big rivals Tottenham, Olivier. Good stuff. Now sit on the couch. “

Imagine what would be a kick in the teeth for Giroud, to see his name among the substitutes for Tuesday’s visit to Bayern Munich. The 33-year-old passed his audition against Spurs with flying colors and I don’t think any of us can say he deserves to be dropped off after that performance.

Giroud made a charge for Tottenham’s defense on Saturday after Michy Batshuayi had not previously replaced Tammy Abraham against Manchester United.

Olivier Giroud proved that he is still a great sniper during Chelsea's 2-1 win over Tottenham

Olivier Giroud proved that he is still a great sniper during Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Tottenham

It depends on what Frank Lampard prefers. Does he stay true to the established pecking order? If so, he can start Abraham, feeling that his mobility and pace are better suited to hurting Bayern and their high line.

This is a big decision that could be the difference between victory in the last 16 and defeat.

A friend of mine who is following German football told me that Bayern played a back three for the first time this season against bottom club Paderborn.

Frank Lampard may prefer to use Tammy Abraham's pace to expose Bayern's high back line

Frank Lampard may prefer to use Tammy Abraham's pace to expose Bayern's high back line

Frank Lampard may prefer to use Tammy Abraham’s pace to expose Bayern’s high back line

They achieved a 3-2 victory, but that embodies the side that sits at the top of the Bundesliga. They always believe they can score you.

They have that Bavarian wanderer, from Manuel Neuer to Robert Lewandowski, and they will not fear Chelsea.

I am sure that the final defeat of the Champions League in 2012 will still be in Bayern. This is the first meeting of these two in the competition since then and the Germans will want revenge.

PREDICTION: 2-2


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