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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud started the Super Cup game against Liverpool on Wednesday but was replaced in the second half by Tammy Abraham.
Giroud scored Chelsea’s first goal before Abraham won the penalty which Jorginho converted in extra time. Giroud’s goal against Liverpool means the striker has now scored 11 goals for Chelsea in 15 European games.
Giroud has now revealed he asked to be substituted against Liverpool on Wednesday.
According to Giroud, he isn’t ready to play 90 minutes for Chelsea yet because he didn’t play much during preseason.
“I still need more game time because I only played a few 45 minutes in the friendlies,” Giroud said, according to Daily Express.
“That’s why after 70 minutes against Liverpool, I said to the coach: ‘I feel like I can’t help the team anymore.’
“It was better that the boys came on and finished the job.”
Giroud also believes Chelsea have quality in the team despite Eden Hazard’s departure to Real Madrid.
“Even if we lost important players, I feel this squad is very strong in both quality and quantity,” Giroud added.
“I have no worries at all. I think we have a super mentality, we are all pointing in the same direction, the same target and I’m pretty sure we can do good things this year.
“The most important thing has been to keep the confidence high and obviously being fearless, playing with freedom and that’s what we’ve done.”