Sharp striker! Giroud reveals why he still kicked the ball despite being in an offside position

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Olivier Giroud scored a stunning overhead kick against Atletico Madrid, to help Chelsea get a first leg victory against Diego Simeone’s men.

Giroud was miles offside when the ball got to him, and the linesman raised his flag for offside after he had scored. However, the referee’s decision was overturned after a lengthy VAR check.

Indeed, Giroud was in an offside position, and the offside decision would have been correct, only that the ball played to him was hit by an Atletico player.

The VAR check found that the ball hit Mario Hermoso of Atletico Madrid and not Chelsea’s Mason Mount before getting to Giroud.

Speaking after the game, Giroud revealed that he didn’t care about being in an offside position, and was only focused on scoring the goal.

“We came here with strong intentions to win the game, play our game and we know how we could give them trouble offensively,” Olivier Giroud told BT Sport.

“We have been strong at the back in the defensive shape and very pleased with the win, it was a deserved win tonight.

“We know the importance of the away goal in European cups so that is why I was pleased to help the team win the game, we managed it well and we were confident but faced a great team and I think we were very committed and knew their main strengths. We dealt with it but we have to stay focussed and complete the job.

“Not over confident, we were confident in our qualities in the game. I did not know what to think about the goal, I just focused on hitting the overhead kick and was pleased to see it go in the back of the net, I had no clue about being offside, Mason Mount said he did not touch the ball. Good for the team, good for me.”

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