Olivier Giroud was delighted to make his home debut for the Blues in Monday’s win against West Bromwich Albion, and the Frenchman believes the result has enhanced the confidence within the group ahead of a crucial stage of the season.
Giroud was deployed as the focal point of our attack, flanked by Eden Hazard and Pedro, against Alan Pardew’s side and he led the line impressively in the 3-0 win, as well as setting up our opening goal for Eden Hazard.
The striker was on the receiving end of some rough treatment and was eventually replaced by Alvaro Morata just after the hour mark. His main concern, however, was helping the team secure an important victory.
‘It was very exciting for me,’ said Giroud. ‘I was looking forward to making my debut at Stamford Bridge so I feel very good. Obviously I had the studs on my head, and afterwards I needed some stitches at half-time, but I feel okay. The main thing was the calf, when I received a kick from behind. It was sore so hopefully I’m going to recover quickly. It’s part of the game and as long as it’s not on purpose it’s okay, I’m used to it and the doctor has done a good job.
‘I’m very happy for the team, obviously we needed those three points and we needed confidence for the following games. We done the job, it was a clean sheet, three goals and we could have scored more. It’s true that the team wasn’t playing with full freedom at times but that’s normal after two disappointing results.
‘I feel very good. It’s been maybe two months since I started a game. I’m training hard and working to be ready physically and I tried to do what the coach asked me to do tactically.
‘I couldn’t play all of the game anyway because of my physical form but I had a pain in my calf and I was basically limping. I didn’t want to go off, I said at half-time when they put stitches in my head that I wanted to carry on, but the calf was very painful. I felt it in my whole leg so I couldn’t play all of the game.’
Giroud also spoke about his relationship with Hazard, Pedro and Willian, and how the way they play is beneficial for him.
‘We try to have a good understanding on the pitch,’ said the forward. ‘Everything was not perfect because it was the first game. I'm happy but there is still room for improvement. I was very happy to set up the goal for Eden.
‘It’s simple to have a good understanding with him because he smells the game, he smells football. With him, Pedro, Willian or whoever plays as the number 10, we always try to have a good understanding.
‘It’s easy for me because the two number 10s play closer [to me] than I’ve played in the past, and that’s very important for our game.’
Having signed for the Blues a couple of weeks ago, Giroud explained why he is pleased to now be a Chelsea player, and the 31-year-old is fully focused on playing his part as we prepare for a a busy period, starting with Friday’s FA Cup fifth round game against Hull City.
‘Chelsea was the perfect team for me, the perfect club,’ he said. ‘It’s the Premier League, it’s the club which has won the most titles in the last 10 years, it’s a massive club. I’m very proud and happy to be here.
'People want you to wear the shirt and give the maximum. I know I will have to be efficient, assist sometimes, score sometimes. We don’t have too much time for integration but I feel very good and the boys have been very good to me.
‘We’re going to take the games step by step. Firstly we want to qualify in the FA Cup and then we have three big games to come, Barcelona in the Champions League and then the two Manchester clubs away, that’s why we need the confidence high. We need to keep it up and build momentum.’