Olivier Giroud on trusting Kepa, difficult Frankfurt and Premier League power

For Olivier Giroud there awaits the prospect of facing his former club in a showpiece European final at the end of the month but before he turns his attention to that, the centre-forward wished to talk about the side Chelsea overcame in the semi-final, Eintracht Frankfurt.

It needed penalties at Stamford Bridge to separate two sides who proved to be closely matched over the two legs but from the spot, it was the Blues who held our nerve more.

‘We are very happy obviously,’ said Giroud after the game.

‘I want to give credit to the Frankfurt team and their fans because they never gave up.

‘They played very well in both legs and it has been difficult for us to play our game. They came back into the game and when it comes to penalties it is 50-50 so at the end we have been a bit lucky but thanks to Kepa and his performance, we could win this game and we are very pleased to reach the final. We know how good Kepa is on penalties so we trust him. He did very well so I am very pleased for him because he is a really good keeper and he deserved it.'

Giroud admits that playing Arsenal in that final means it is going to be a special game for him but he wants to put that to one side when on the pitch and concentrate on winning a trophy.

‘We want to win a trophy every single year and it is our last chance,’ he said, before reflecting on the Premier League dominating the European final places.

‘For a few years the Premier League has been very strong. The problem is we sometimes get tired towards the end of a season because we played so many games but I am really pleased for the Premier League this year. It is well deserved.’

Giroud was joined last night as the Europa League’s top scorer on 10 goals by Eintracht’s Luka Jovic but of course the opportunity is there to move ahead again.

‘I did not have the good opportunities to score. He [Jovic] got two in the semi-final but I am going to play in the final and obviously I would be very pleased to help this team win the trophy.’

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