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CHELSEA have now gone eight games unbeaten since Thomas Tuchel took over as head coach by beating Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the Champions League tonight. 

They got the vital away goal to take back to Stamford Bridge on March 17th, and Tuchel will be very pleased with the result. 

3Olivier Giroud deserves a new deal after his brilliant winner against Atletico MadridCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Giroud is a vital player for Chelsea and deserves another extensionCredit: EPA

It doesn’t tell the whole story though, as once again the German boss cut a frustrated figure at times in the first half with Chelsea misplacing pass after pass, and looking clueless in the final third once again.

 

This has been a bit of a theme from the last few games for this Chelsea side, and they have really lacked any kind of creativity and finesse. 

The build-up play was good tonight, and they totally bossed possession against a good team. But it looked like being the same story as time went on and they did not look like scoring. 

That is of course until Olivier Giroud popped up with a world-class overhead scissor kick to win the game for Chelsea, reiterating exactly what he brings to this team and exactly what he can do. 

Chelsea needed it, and they needed to quality of finesse to end all their hard work in possession. Atletico were there for the taking, and Giroud made sure they took it. 

His contract is up at the end of the summer, and this is another stark reminder and message to the decision makers at the club that they might want to try and persuade him to stay, because every team needs a Giroud in their squad. 

When things are getting frustrating and you cannot see where a goal is going to come from, up steps the French World Cup winner to show you what he does best. 

Chelsea do not have another type of striker like Giroud, one who is physically built, holds the ball up, and can be a world class finisher of a chance. 

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You would think that the Chelsea board will be doing all they can to try and keep him at the club for another year.

Because despite what new strikers might arrive or be pursued by Chelsea, you always feel that Giroud is a needed experienced figure in the squad. 

Whether he will want to stay and play a bit-part role as he has been doing is another question, but I am sure the thoughts are there on both sides now. 

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Teachers have done their best but kids really are better off at school than at home

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THE last day of home-schooling — let’s hope for good — will have been bittersweet for most parents.

Teachers have done their best . . . admirably in the vast majority of cases. But we all know online learning is not a patch on the real thing.

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It has set children’s education back months. And being isolated from their mates for so long has been hell.

So we should rejoice that it’s over. But after so long in lockdown, some mums and dads will be nervous at sending kids back to class. They shouldn’t be.

The risk of them catching Covid and getting seriously ill is minuscule.

The risk of them spreading it to their teachers or bringing it home to their parents is tiny too.

It was already extremely low last year. And the precautions being put in place now will make schools even safer: Far greater use of masks, including in class. Better ventilation, especially as the weather warms up. And, crucially, ­regular Covid testing.

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Don’t take it from us. Here’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty: “The risk to children is incredibly low from going to school and from catching Covid.

“It is universally accepted there are huge advantages for children to be in school from a health point of view.”

Lockdown will have been harder on some than on others. So the £79million Government boost for mental health ­support in schools is hugely welcome.

If you’re worried about your kids going back, you’re not alone.

But they really are better off in class than at home on Monday.

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THE hypocrisy of the EU over Northern ­Ireland’s border problems is staggering.

Brussels is clutching its pearls over us temporarily postponing customs ­measures to make life better for shoppers there. It even plans to sue.

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Yet the EU almost threw up a toxic hard border in Ireland overnight simply to stop Britain getting vaccines.

Italy has now barred a shipment of 250,000 life-saving Oxford jabs ordered by Australia. France may block more.

Here are EU members, sticklers for rules it demands Britain must follow, breaking others to suit themselves.

Even now, with Brexit done, their arrogance still has the power to shock.

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