Giroud, Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner or Kai Havertz? Former Chelsea winger reveals the striker he wants to see upfront against Atletico Madrid

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will be pleased that he has an injury free squad for almost all of his games, as the players have mostly been fit and available to play.

The Blues boss who’s known to rotate his squad for each game, has a big game at hand on Wednesday night, as Chelsea play host to Atletico Madrid for the second leg round of 16 Champions League tie.

Tuchel has a big decision to make upfront, as regarding who will lead the line against Atletico Madrid.

Olivier Giroud who scored the only goal in the reverse fixture at Bucharest, has missed the last three games for Chelsea, while Tammy Abraham has even been missing from Matchday squad in recent games. Kai Havertz has been preferred as a false nine in the last two games, and Timo Werner did well with his pace against Liverpool.

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin, has revealed that he’d love to see the experienced Olivier Giroud lead the line against Atletico on Wednesday.

Nevin wrote in his column for the official club website: “It will be very hard if not impossible for Thomas Tuchel to ignore the presence of Olivier Giroud, considering there are a multitude of things stacking up in the Frenchman’s favour.

“He has been well rested after warming the bench for the last three games. At 34 he is far from being on his last legs, but you would expect him to be as fresh as anyone having had that little mini-break.

“He also has incredible experience at this level and every single manager will tell you that in the Champions League, in the knockout stages, experience is crucial. At this point you not only have to be good, you have to be very clever and know the ropes. He does.

“There is also the fact that if he is up front it gives more options behind him. Havertz and maybe Werner in particular are made for a breaking game when the opposition might have to come on to you at some point. Either or both of those two behind Olivier will pose a serious threat.

“There is also the small matter of Giroud absolutely loving this competition. There was his last-minute winner v Rennes, then there was the stunning four-goal haul against another Spanish club, Sevilla, even before his stunning overhead kick in the first leg against Atletico Madrid.

“I reckon I would like to see Olivier Giroud on the pitch tomorrow, almost as much as Atleti would like to see him sat on the sidelines.”

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