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Tammy Abraham has been preferred to Olivier Giroud as Chelsea’s main striker this season and Giroud holds no hard feelings towards Abraham.
According to Giroud, competition at Chelsea is open and healthy this season under Frank Lampard but he insists that wasn’t the case under former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.
Gonzalo Higuain remained in the starting XI for the Blues in the Premier League last season despite his mediocre performances and Giroud’s good Europa League form.
Unlike last season when Sarri won’t start Giroud in the Premier League despite his good form in the Europa League, Giroud believes he can win his place back in the starting XI by putting pressure on Tammy Abraham.
“The competition is open and healthy with young Tammy Abraham, which was not the case last year,” Giroud told Le Figaro.
“The boy has taken his chance, he scores and if he works well, I will have to try and put pressure on him. There is no reason for me to worry about the rest of the season.”
Asked whether he expects to remain on the sidelines, Giroud added: “Obviously not! I have goals in my head.
“I’m here to help the new generation, but beware, the time for retirement has not come.
“I’m still hungry and have a lot of ambition. I don’t want to be Chelsea’s No. 2 striker, for sure.
“Just because I’m here as an older brother for young people, it doesn’t mean I’m out on the sidelines.”