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Oliver Giroud react to being termed 'Europa League specialist’

Discussion in 'Champions League and Europa League' started by Prince Adebayo, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud who scored a perfect hat-trick to help Chelsea overcome Dynamo Kiev 5-0 insists he gives his all regardless of the competition.

    Giroud got off to a flying start by scoring twice in the first half, he got his third and final strike just before the hour mark, nodding home a Willian corner which took his tally to nine goals in as many appearances in the competition with his first treble in almost three years.

    Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi, celebrating his maiden England Under-21 call-up, were also on target in the Ukrainian capital as the much-changed Blues won 5-0 on the night to put their name in the hat for Friday's last-eight draw.

    The perfect hat-trick – goals with his left foot, right foot and a header - was Giroud’s first for Chelsea and the win was the London club’s ninth in 10 Europa League games this season.

    Several are hailing the Frenchman as the Blues’ ‘Europa League specialist’.
    But Giroud insists he will always give his all for the team regardless of the competition, even though he has been limited to mainly to appearances in European competition.

    “I’m very pleased with all of the goals I scored and the assist I give to Callum, we gave a great team performance today,” he told BT Sport after the match.

    “Tonight we’ve done well at set-pieces, and it’s nice because when you can score goals from set-pieces you understand that you can get more points at the end of the championship, and obviously when you play Europa League.

    “When I’m on the pitch I try to give everything to the team, and obviously the second part of this year I play mostly in the Europa League. That’s why I score maybe less goals in the championship (Premier League).”

    The Blues will learn the fate of who they will play on Friday afternoon, with the draw taking place at 12pm. There will also be a semi-final draw, meaning the Blues will know who they will face to get to the final should they get through the quarters.

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