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Olivier Giroud made his first start and his Chelsea home debut in the 3-0 win against West Brom on Monday night.

The January transfer signing assisted Eden Hazard for the first goal and suffered a head and calf injury in the same game before being taken off for Alvaro Morata on the hour mark.

Giroud explained to the official Chelsea website how he felt to play for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

“It was very exciting for me,” said Giroud. “I was looking forward to making my debut at Stamford Bridge so I feel very good. Obviously I had the studs on my head, and afterwards I needed some stitches at half-time, but I feel okay. The main thing was the calf, when I received a kick from behind. It was sore so hopefully I’m going to recover quickly. It’s part of the game and as long as it’s not on purpose it’s okay, I’m used to it and the doctor has done a good job.

“I’m very happy for the team, obviously we needed those three points and we needed confidence for the following games. We done the job, it was a clean sheet, three goals and we could have scored more. It’s true that the team wasn’t playing with full freedom at times but that’s normal after two disappointing results.

“I feel very good. It’s been maybe two months since I started a game. I’m training hard and working to be ready physically and I tried to do what the coach asked me to do tactically.

“I couldn’t play all of the game anyway because of my physical form but I had a pain in my calf and I was basically limping. I didn’t want to go off, I said at half-time when they put stitches in my head that I wanted to carry on, but the calf was very painful. I felt it in my whole leg so I couldn’t play all of the game.”

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