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Rennes will play host to Chelsea in our Champions League tie on Tuesday evening, and their manager Julien Stephan has hailed the quality in Frank Lampard’s side.
Stephan was particularly full of praise for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, as he hailed his professionalism ahead of the game.
“When I was talking about big players in the Chelsea squad squad who are not starting, I was thinking of him [Giroud] in particular,” he told reporters.
“It shows the wealth of these clubs with the options they can have. Lots of clubs have these tough [selection] issues.
“Giroud is an exceptional example for other players in terms of attitude. Even if he only plays for a few minutes, he has total commitment on the pitch.
“This shows he is an elite level player, who able to give their best whatever their status.”
Stephan made this comment in response to Frank Lampard’s comment that Giroud is a “huge member of the squad” and still considers him to be a vital part of his plans.