Former Chelsea boss surprised by Lampard’s Giroud decision

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Former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle has admitted he is surprised Olivier Giroud hasn’t played much for Chelsea this season.

He made the comments before Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. Hoddle predicted a strong performance from Giroud against Tottenham Hotspur and the Frenchman delivered by scoring Chelsea’s first goal.

“Well I am surprised that Giroud hasn’t played more football under Frank, I must say,” Hoddle said.

“I think last year he did excellently. He’s a great sub as well, he hasn’t seemed to bring him on.

“He brought him on the other night against United, it was forced really, he didn’t have many options.

“But when he comes on I think he’s a threat, I really do.

“He’s now starting today, he’s not got an opportunity to say to the manager: ‘Hang on a minute, I’m better than you think, I am a World Cup winner by the way’.

“And I think he also knows possibly his future is not going to be here.

“Inside himself he’s going to be relaxed and you might see him actually play so relaxed, he’s not under pressure, and sometimes players play better when they’re like that.

“So I expect quite a good performance from Giroud today.”

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