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Chelsea manager has no issues with misfiring Olivier Giroud

November 10, 2018

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has indicated that he has no issues with Olivier Giroud despite the Frenchman’s failure to find the scoresheet for the club this season. The France international has got his chances to lead the line in every alternate game for the Blues but he has unfortunately not been able to break his goaldrought which has now extended to 10 matches.

Speaking after the 3-1 Europa League win over BATE Borisov, Sarri admitted that Giroud is not having the best of time upfront but there is no need to worry with Alvaro Morata finding the net every now and then. He added to focus on the markman’s main strength of linking-up play selflessly which has helped the Blues secure valuable results this term.

He said: “One month ago, we were concerned about the fact the midfielders didn’t score. And now in the last three matches, Barkley scored two goals and Loftus three goals so I think that if we are able to continue to play this football maybe in a month the strikers will be able to score. You know the characteristics of Giroud: Giroud usually is not used to scoring a lot of goals in a season but he’s always very, very useful for the team, for his team-mates. So Giroud is not a problem for us. And Morata in the last five matches, scored two goals.”

With the current run of form, Giroud appears likely to drop to the bench when the Blues make the trip to Burnley this weekend. Fellow striker Alvaro Morata has been guilty of missing a number of clear-cut chances already this term but he has managed to find the scoresheet on a couple of occasions this month which should offer him the advantage in terms of the selection. Chelsea are currently positioned third on the Premier League table with 21 points – two behind Manchester City and Liverpool.