Olivier Giroud is the Europa League’s top scorer this season and ahead of the first leg of our quarter-final tie against Slavia Prague, the striker analysed his hat-trick in the last round against Dynamo Kiev.
All three of his goals away at Dynamo Kiev were scored with one touch and the striker also explained why.
“I was only told after the game that it was a perfect hat-trick,” the 32-year-old said, according to Chelsea’s official website.
“I didn’t realise that I scored one with my right foot, one with my left and one header. It was very satisfying. They were all one touch. I score the majority of my goals in one touch. In the box, you don’t have much time to think about efficiency, because it’s the moment of truth where it all happens.
“You need to be as quick as possible, make the right move and be clinical enough to play it with one touch.
“The first goal was a real striker’s goal because I anticipated the flick on by Ruben. Then I was lucky for the ball to fall into my path. For those kind of goals, things happen fast, so you need to take the ball in the right way or it might end up in the stands.
“The second goal was a great cross by Marcos who played the ball between the defender and the goalkeeper, and I did everything I could to stay onside. I hit it with my right foot because the ball was played onto my right foot. That’s efficiency.
“The last goal was a good cross by Willy, a nice link-up and a good block on the defender. It had been a while since we scored from a set-piece, so that was good.”
Ahead of tonight’s game against Slavia Prague, Giroud insists he’s taking nothing for granted.
“They’re not here due to luck. This team deserves it. It’s a quarter-final in a European competition and we will need to get a good result over there to be more relaxed come the second leg,” Giroud added.
“It will not be easy, we expect a very difficult game. Sevilla are a great team, so if Slavia knocked them out, it means that they are ready and they have the necessary quality. We will analyse their team and we’ll go there wanting to win the game.
“I am sure that they have a great crowd, but our fans will be there too and our away fans are always 100 per cent behind us.”