It was a rare Europa League game without a goal for Olivier Giroud last night but still a job well done, and the striker assessed our victory in Prague and also condemned chants about Mohamed Salah.
Giroud didn’t add to his tally of nine European goals this season but his physicality up front proved useful against a tough Slavia Prague side who were at it from the off and made life difficult. Giroud acknowledged the difficult of the first leg meeting afterwards.
‘They put a lot of pressure on us with good pressing,’ he said.
‘They were running all day long. They were very determined and aggressive on every single ball. it was the most difficult game we have had to play so far [in the competition].
‘In the second half we managed to play our game, but they played very well and they will do everything to go through in the next leg. We know their quality so we need to finish the job at home.’
Giroud said he enjoyed his surroundings in the Czech capital and praised the atmosphere created by both sets of supporters, including the travelling Chelsea contingent housed in one corner of the Eden Arena who were able to wildly celebrate Marcos Alonso’s late winner with the team.
However the Frenchman reiterated the club’s stance that all forms of discriminatory behaviour is abhorrent after footage of a song about Mohamed Salah emerged prior to the game.
'I think these people shouldn't belong to Chelsea,' he said.
'I think the club and everybody condemns these kind of things, and we are 100 per cent behind Mo Salah. Nowadays it shouldn't happen.'