Lampard rates the performance of Giroud and Hudson-Odoi

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud returned to the starting eleven for the game against Aston Villa, having been dropped for the previous two games.

Winger Callum Hudson-Odoi was also given a start against Dean Smith’s men after a brilliant substitute performance in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal.

Giroud marked his start with a goal and Hudson-Odoi also looked lively.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hailed the performance of Giroud and Hudson-Odoi, as he told Hudson-Odoi to try to be more direct and cause problems with his runs.

Lampard told the media after the draw: “If you’re going to deliver for Oli in the right areas, he gets in the position and he gets really good contact on the ball and that’s why he’s scored goals. That’s why he’s been a regular scorer wherever he’s been. He did for us today, he’s done it for us this season and he did it for us in restart.

“I liked Callum’s performance today and I liked is range of passing, which was very evident in the first half. A couple of great crossfield balls and some of his movement and touches were great.

“The obvious next part is end product because what we want to see from Callum, and I think he did it against Arsenal when he came on, is to be confident to go one-on-one because he has the ability to do it. That, and to get crosses in like he did for Tammy, and to get goals and to arrive in the box, because that’s the level of top wingers in the Premier League.”

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