GIROUD GIVES HIS VERDICT ON CHELSEA’S 2-1 WIN OVER CRYSTAL PALACE AND WILLIAN’S SUPER FORM

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Olivier Giroud started ahead of Alvaro Morata in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday and the France international was unlucky not to score his first Premier League goal for the Blues before his withdrawal in the 72nd minute.

Giroud revealed after the game he was happy with the victory over Crystal Palace and believes his first Premier League goal for Chelsea would come.

“We were 2-0 up and we struggled a bit to score the third one, which could have relieved us and let us play without fear until the end, but we did well and it was important to get the three points,” said Giroud.

“Sometimes the goal looks smaller in certain games and that was the fact for me. I kept going, kept believing I could score but I was a bit unlucky. The defender saved the ball off the line and after that I hit the post. After that I just tried to play with my team-mates and the most important thing was that I felt good on the pitch.

“As a striker, sometimes you don’t look at the goal, you shoot and it’s going in but you need a bit of luck. It’s important keep the confidence high and work for your team-mates so I tried to deliver some passes for Willian and Eden. I’m happy because we won and even if I didn’t score I’m sure I will in the next games.”

Giroud also revealed he was pleased with his linkup play with Willian and Eden Hazard.

“I think I’m adapting well, I try to have a good understanding on the pitch with the number 10s like Eden and Willian,” Giroud added.

“We did some great movements. We could, and should, have scored more goals but as long as you are getting chances to score it means you are creating spaces so that’s good. Now we need more efficiency and a bit of luck.”

Willian has scored five goals in his last five games for Chelsea and Giroud revealed he was impressed with the Brazilian’s form.

“He’s been very efficient in the last weeks, he’s doing very well and he’s on a good run,” Giroud said of Willian.

“We need players who can make the difference all through the game. He’s got everything to bring his quality for the team.”

Ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Barcelona, Giroud believes Chelsea have the quality to progress to the next round.

“Obviously we needed the three points,” Giroud added.

“We basically had nine finals to win, we’ve won the first one but now we put the Premier League on the side and we have to focus on Barcelona.

“I think we have a good chance to go through if we stick together with solidarity. We know it will be tough but I believe in the quality of this team.”

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