Olivier Giroud sends open message to Chelsea FC boss Frank Lampard

Olivier Giroud opens up about his lack of playing time at Chelsea FC under Frank Lampard this season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Chelsea FC legend Frank Lampard (Photo: BT Sport)

Olivier Giroud has insisted that he does not agree with Frank Lampard’s decision to play Tammy Abraham ahead of him in the Chelsea FC team this season.

Giroud has found his first team opportunities at Stamford Bridge to be few and far between this season after Lampard opted to start Abraham ahead of the French forward.

Abraham, 22, has been in fine form for Chelsea FC whenever called upon this term, and he has scored eight goals in eight Premier League games for the west London side.

Giroud, on the other hand, has only started one Premier League game this season and has only made a total of three appearances in the top flight so far this term.

The French striker is clearly keen to try and force his way back into Lampard’s plans, and he has insisted that he does not agree with the manager’s decision to bench him.

Speaking in an interview quoted by Metro, Giroud said: “Accept it? No, I do not accept it.

“You do not have to be fatalistic in certain situations. I have always been respectful and humble. Even if I do not agree with the coach, I do not criticise him.

“But in myself, I cannot accept it because I know what I’m worth on a pitch. Last year, when I felt that I deserved to play, I asked the coach for explanations.”

Giroud continued: “It was not easy to leave Arsenal for Chelsea two years ago. I loved Arsenal.

“But it was a progression because Chelsea is the English club that has won the most titles, with Manchester City, in ten years.

“I had competitors in attack – Morata, Higuain, who ended up leaving. I won at the end: I played the final of the FA Cup in 2018 and the European Cup final in 2019.

“Once again, I’m starting the year in difficulty, but as my brother said, I have always built myself in the face of adversity. Although I would like there to be less!”

Giroud will be hoping to be involved when Chelsea FC return to Premier League action after the international break with a home clash against Newcastle United on Saturday.

The Blues currently find themselves in fifth place in the Premier League table as they chase Champions League qualification this season.

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