“He looked in the mirror and said,” What do I have to do to get myself back on the team? ”
- Giroud kept the Blues on track for the Champions League on Tuesday-evening
- It was his fifth goal in his last eight Premier League appearances for the Blues
- He seemed destined to leave in January for his remarkable rebirth
Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole garnered praise for Olivier Giroud after the veteran striker kept the Blues on track for the Champions League.
The 33-year-old international from France threw a header past Tim Krul just before half time after Christian Pulisic created room for the cross on the right.
It was his fifth goal in his last eight Premier League appearances and he was recently awarded a contract extension.
Striker Olivier Giroud celebrates with Christian Pulisic after scoring again for Norwich
Cole opened the lid of his remarkable rebirth.
He told Sky Sports: “Overall, as a threat, Giroud was definitely Man of the Match.
“I think Tammy started playing and scoring at the beginning of the season, Giroud was a bit of a partisan player at the time.
“I’ve seen them train a few times … his attitude, his mentality, he’s willing to work, he looked in the mirror and said” what do I have to do to get myself back on the team? “.
The 33-year-old international from France threw a header past Tim Krul at the stroke of half time
“I think he won the group back together. When you see a senior player training hard, the younger kids thrive there and get chances again. ‘
Giroud signed a one-year contract extension in May to keep him with Chelsea until the end of the 2020/21 season.
The World Cup winner seemed destined to leave the club in January due to the interest of Inter Milan and Tottenham, but due to a lack of alternative options, Chelsea held on to the experienced striker.
Giroud won his place back in the squad after an injury to Tammy Abraham and had proved useful in the weeks leading up to the season’s suspension during the Corona virus crisis.
Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole garnered praise for Giroud after his impressive showing