OLIVIER GIROUD CRITICISES SARRIBALL

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud seemed to hit out at the tactical philosophy of Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against Slavia Prague.

According to Giroud, Sarri’s style of play leaves strikers isolated in the box and he has called for Chelsea to have more players in the box to finish chances.

Giroud, Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata have all struggled in the striking role under Sarri this season.

Giroud said: “We could be more dangerous with crosses, running behind. When you are not scoring enough goals, you point at the striker, but it’s more like having to improve in an offensive formation.

“We are doing well in that system but if I compare with the other systems I’ve played in the past – for example with the national team – I’d rather play with a No 10 around me, with a second striker.

“It’s not just about a system. It’s a philosophy, maybe finishing with more players in the box. I was watching Champions League and Premier League games, we need to improve in that way, finishing with more players in the box to take the chances.”

Giroud also admitted he is frustrated with his role at Chelsea and warned he could quit the club at the end of the season if he does not get more first team opportunities.

“Trust me, I’m very frustrated when I’m not on the pitch, but I just don’t want to show it,” Giroud added.

“When you are a competitor, when you’ve been through difficulties all through your career, you need to keep that frustration inside you and transform it into positive energy on the pitch. That’s why I said, next year, I will need to have a more important role to play in the team.

“I have to meet Marina Granovskaia (club director). They must talk to me before the end of the season. With what I’ve achieved here, there is no reason they won’t give me one more year. But I need to be happy, also.”

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