In the latest Chelsea news, Olivier Giroud believes the battle for a starting spot with fellow striker Alvaro Morata will be a huge benefit for the Blues this season.
Spain international Morata started the first four games of the season under new manager Maurizio Sarri but the striker has not been firing on all cylinders, having found the back of the net just once.
World Cup-winner Giroud has had to be patient for a starting chance and he was finally named in the first 11 for Saturday’s comfortable 4-1 victory against Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge.
Although the 31-year-old didn’t score, he received huge praise for his link-up play with the likes of hat-trick hero Belgian Eden Hazard, Spaniard Pedro and Brazilian Willian, who scored the last goal to cap off the win.
With Chelsea involved in the Europa League this term, the games are set to come thick and fast as they battle for major honours on both the European and domestic stage.
Sarri’s men are next in action on Thursday when they make the trip to PAOK and the visitors are 17/20 favourites with bet365 to pick up the win, a draw is priced at 5/2 whilst the hosts are a 16/5 chance.
It is unsure whether Morata or Giroud will start the Europa League clash but the latter is certain that the battle for a starting place will help the club in their quest for silverware.
“It has always been a fair competition between us and we will both try to step up to help the team reach our target,” he told reporters. “I’m happy to have a team-mate like that, who pushes me to do better.
“It’s positive for both of us. I want to play as many games as I can and try to be as efficient as I can for the team.”