Zouma reveals how Giroud feels about being benched by Lampard

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Olivier Giroud is third choice striker at Chelsea, as Blues boss Frank Lampard prefers Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi over the Frenchman.

Giroud has struggled for playing time this season and has only had one start in the Premier League this term. Giroud has played just 211 minutes of football for Chelsea so far this season and the France international isn’t happy.

Despite his lack of playing time for the Blues, the 33-year-old still gets called up by France boss Didier Deschamps, and his international colleague Kurt Zouma has admitted that Giroud is frustrated with his bench status at Chelsea.

“He is frustrated, he wants to play more,” Zouma told Canal+.

“Like any football player, he wants to be on the pitch, but he is taking everything very calmly.

“He is a professional, he works hard in training. I have a lot of respect for the player he is. As someone in the dressing room, he is someone who gives advice to Tammy and Michy.

“He wants the best for the team, which is important, and it is why he is a good person.”

Explaining Giroud inclusion to the France team, Deschamps said: “Maybe that means something but it’s mostly what happened on the pitch that means something.

“If he is the one I used the most, do not forget either the ratio of matches and goals.

“There are not many in front of him in terms of goals in the history of the France team. He did the right thing, he answered the trust.”

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