In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Ashley Cole reflects on a narrow but important victory against Norwich City and Oliver Giroud discusses his ‘scrabble’ celebration against the Canaries.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Cole hopes for more quality from Chelsea
Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has told Sky Sports that there are areas in which Chelsea can make big improvements but the only thing which matters for Frank Lampard’s side at the moment is to keep winning.
Appearing as a pundit on Sky’s broadcast of our 1-0 win over Norwich on Tuesday, the ex-England left-back outlined the importance of the victory which moved us four points ahead of Leicester City and Manchester United in the battle for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
‘I shouldn't make any jokes because at this stage of the season as we’ve seen in the last 48 hours, results are critical, and we [Chelsea] didn’t concede any chances of big note for them to let them score a goal,’ said Cole.
‘We created a few ourselves, we get our one goal, maybe we could get more, we could do a bit better with our quality, it was okay and professional.
‘I want more but that can wait, I think where we are at the moment as a team and given the position we’re at in the table, I think three points was everything tonight.
‘I want a bit more quality, I believe in the group having more quality than what we showed in the early stages. We need to move the ball quicker, not take time, not take touches to allow a team to be compact, we have to move them more and be more mobile in our rotations.
‘But I don’t want to be too critical after three points at this stage. It’s not easy, there’s a nervy feeling for understandable reasons so I’m pleased.’
Giroud dedicates goal to Kante
According to the Evening Standard, Olivier Giroud’s unusual celebration after he netted the winner against Norwich was dedicated to his injured team-mate N’Golo Kante.
After breaking the deadlock just before half-time, the striker stood in front of the stand at Stamford Bridge where Kante was seated and pretended to scribble something in an imaginary notebook.
Asked about it after the game, the striker explained it was a tribute to his French compatriot, who sat out the game with a hamstring problem.
‘It's just I play Scrabble with N'Golo Kante and I aimed it at him. That's it!’ said Giroud.
Chelsea duo part of Davies’ perfect midfielder
Everton midfielder Tom Davies has told Soccer AM that the hard work of N’Golo Kante and goalscoring prowess of Frank Lampard would be key ingredients in the making of his ‘Perfect Midfielder’.
Appearing in a video with Soccer AM host Tubes, Davies was asked to name the players who best embodied seven facets which would make up a perfect midfielder.
His selection began with the engine of the player and he had no hesitation selecting Kante, who he described as one of the toughest players he has come up against.
‘He’s just a rash, isn’t he?’ he said of the Frenchman.
‘He doesn’t’ give you a chance – he’s just all over you. Great player.’
After selecting Roy Keane for leadership, Xavi for passing, Patrick Vieira for pace, Andrea Pirlo for intelligence and Moussa Dembele for strength, Davies opted for Lampard as his final pick for goal-scoring.
‘When you’re younger and you see somebody playing in your position and scoring 20 goals a season, it makes you want to do that,’ said the Evertonian.
‘I used to love watching him and some of the goals that he scored…He would definitely be my goal-scorer.’