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Olivier Giroud joined Chelsea in January 2018, and the Frenchman has gone on to be an important player for Chelsea.
Despite being an important player for the Blues, Giroud has never really been able to pin down the first-choice striking role as he played second fiddle to Alvaro Morata and has now played backup to Gonzalo Higuain.
After Morata decided to leave Chelsea on loan to Atletico Madrid, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri went ahead to sign Higuain whom he worked with at Napoli. Sarri had preferred to play Eden Hazard ahead of Giroud despite the fact that the Belgian didn’t enjoy playing the role and struggled in it most times.
When Higuain joined in January, Sarri preferred to play the Argentine ahead of Giroud as Giroud was used mostly in cup games.
Giroud has now revealed that he didn’t like Sarri’s decision to play Higuain ahead of him and even had to ask the manager for some explanations.
“When I didn’t understand his choices, I went to see him, he gave me explanations,” Giroud told RMC.
“What was annoying was he preferred to recruit Higuain. My playing time did not improve and it was not easy.”
However, it was a wonderful season for Olivier Giroud in the Europa League as he ended the season as the competition’s top scorer, playing a massive role for Chelsea to win the competition.
Giroud admitted after the Europa League final that he is the happiest man in the world following his feat as Chelsea went on to win the trophy.
“I am proud of that,” said Giroud.
“I have had a lot of game-time in the Europa League this year and I always try to just step up and do my best for the team. I am the happiest man in the world.
“It was a good cross from Emerson and I made a run to the front post. It was a nice header and I have to thank my team-mates for helping me to score those goals.”