Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud was coy when discussing his role at the club after the 5-0 win over Dynamo Kiev on Thursday.
The Frenchman lined up for the Blues as they progressed to the quarter-finals of the Europa League after sealing a comprehensive 8-0 aggregate victory over their Ukrainian counterparts.
Giroud was in fine form against Dynamo Kiev and netted his first ever hat-trick in Chelsea colours.
Goals from Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi complemented the experienced forward’s standout display, with the Blues now poised for a two-legged quarter-final encounter with Slavia Prague.
Following the match, Giroud was quizzed about whether or not he is content with his current role as a rotational option under Maurizio Sarri. As quoted by BT Sport, he was defiant in his answer and said:
No. No chance. I’m a competitor. I have been through a lot of tough moments in my career. I just want to enjoy playing football after winning the World Cup last summer.
I want to play every single game and to be happy on the pitch. But I am not picking the team, the manager makes some choices.
The ex-Arsenal star kept quiet about what the future may hold for him but reiterated that he was happy to have helped Chelsea advance to the final eight of the Europa League. Giroud said:
I play in the Europa League and I am happy to help the team to go through the stages, step by step. The target is clearly to win it. The championship [Premier League] is another thing, you know? Now we don’t know about the future – who can say? We’ll see.
Why Giroud deserves more of a chance under Sarri
Following such an impressive performance, Giroud will be full of confidence. Sarri should capitalise on this.
Gonzalo Higuain hasn’t been poor, as such, since his move to Chelsea. However, his only goals have come against relegation-threatened teams, and he hasn’t had the desired impact.
Giroud deserves to have a proper run of games in the starting line-up.
Giroud knows the Premier League inside out and has a vast experience of top-four races following his spell with Arsenal. This could be helpful for Chelsea this season.
Risk of losing him
He was under-appreciated at Arsenal, and Chelsea are at risk of mistreating Giroud again. He hasn’t played regularly enough for Sarri, and the Frenchman may seek pastures new in the summer if he is not given sufficient game time.