Olivier Giroud has a storied FA Cup past and he would love to add another successful chapter to it with victory in this season’s competition.
The French striker has four winners’ medals to his name, an impressive haul by anyone’s standards and even more so when you consider he has only been in England for six-and-a-half years.
So this is his seventh taste of the world’s oldest cup competition and he has already triumphed in it in 2014, 2015, 2017 and, with Chelsea, 2018. Ahead of today’s fourth round tie against Sheffield Wednesday, Giroud discussed what the tournament means to him.
‘The FA Cup is always special for English teams,’ the 32-year-old said.
‘Cup games are different. You don’t have to think too much about the next game because it’s not a championship. If you lose, you’re out so that is the beauty of this competition. I have won four times, and I would love to win it again.
‘We want to win something as soon as possible. We have the League Cup, the FA Cup will be a target, and the Europa League as well will be a big target for us.’
The pot of gold at the end of the FA Cup tunnel is a Wembley showpiece in front of the footballing world. The Blues have been involved in the past two such finals, winning one and losing one, with Giroud spectacularly opening the scoring at the national stadium in last season’s semi against Southampton.
He knows the significance of the prize on offer if we can continue to navigate the early rounds.
‘Wembley is one of the biggest stadiums I have played in. It’s a great feeling, especially the final which is a big show with the fireworks and the national anthem. You always feel something special in this moment.
‘I have been decisive for Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley, in semi-finals and finals. I hope this year is going to be the same. I will always try to bring something else to the team.
‘It’s always important to be determined to go until the end in cups.’
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