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Olivier Giroud discusses message behind win in United States and preparations for Europa League final

Goalscorer Olivier Giroud welcomed the chance to show support for the campaign at the heart of Chelsea’s game in New England this week.

The striker’s headed goal was sandwiched by two goals scored by Ross Barkley as the Blues ran out 3-0 winners against our American hosts, and he hopes the match has people talking not only about the football on display.

‘It was very nice to come here, we had a very nice welcome, but the most important thing was to promote and talk about this project,’ Giroud said.

‘We need to talk about it more and more, we don’t want hate and we don’t want racism and antisemitism.

‘It is always nice to win but the most important thing is to remember what happened in the Second World War and the Holocaust. We have to remember and educate the young people in that and never forget. We don’t want it to happen again.

‘We are very pleased to be part of this project. We flew over the Atlantic and came to the US to defend this cause and support our owner who is involved a lot in this cause, and we are very pleased to be part of this all together.’
 

Giroud explained that with 17 days between the final Premier League game and our Europa League decider against his former club Arsenal, there was the chance to give full commitment to the Final Whistle on Hate match, but now focus turns fully on our date with our local rivals in Azerbaijan.

‘Now it is all about getting some rest,’ he added. ‘We are going to have three days off now, rest properly and prepare for this game with commitment and focus, because this one is for a trophy. We are going to bring it back home.’

Read: How Chelsea won 3-0 in the USA and watch the goals
 

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