Chelsea were in amazing form away at Dynamo Kiev as the Blues won the game 5-0, and Olivier Giroud was the star of the show scoring a hat-trick to seal a quarterfinal place for Chelsea.
Chelsea won the match 8-0 on aggregate, and Giroud currently tops the scoring chart in the Europa League as he has now bagged nine goals in the competition.
It was a perfect night for the World Cup winner as he scored a ‘perfect’ hat-trick with one right-footed, one left-footed and one headed finish, and he deservedly got a 10/10 in our player ratings.
“Our target tonight was to win the game,” Giroud said. “I was very pleased with the goals I scored and the assist I gave to Callum. It was a great team performance today.
“When I am on the pitch I try to give everything for the team. In the second part [of the season] I play mostly, if I can say, in the Europa League games, so that’s why I score many less goals in the championship.”
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased with Giroud’s performance against Dynamo Kiev and rated it as very, very good.
“Very, very good,” Sarri said of Giroud’s performance.
“But, in the last period, every time he has been on the pitch, he was able to play really very well. He’s scored nine goals in this competition.
“As you know very well, Olivier for us is a very important player. I’m really very happy for him, and am really very happy with him.”
Asked which goal pleased him most, Giroud admitted that his second goal which was assisted by Marcos Alonso was his best.
“Maybe the second one because Marcos gave me the ball into my path at the right time and place, it was a right-foot finish so it was unusual for me!” he smiled.
“The third, it was a cross from Willian, we work on it a lot in training and tonight we did well from set-pieces. It’s nice when you can score from set-pieces.”
Chelsea are among the favourites to win this competition, and Giroud admits it is a trophy the players are very eager to lift in Baku at the end of May.
“It’s a big target for us, the last chance to win something,” the 32-year-old added.
“We want to qualify for the Champions League next year. We need to finish in the top four but we want to win the Europa league, that’s the target.
“There are some big teams still so it’s very interesting to carry on in this competition.”