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    DELE ALLI channelled his inner Olivier Giroud as he fired Tottenham ahead against Wolfsberger with a stunning overhead kick. Just one day after Giroud scored a sublime bicycle kick in Chelsea's win over Atletico Madrid, Alli showed he's not the only one capable of producing moments of magic. 2Dele Alli put Tottenham ahead against Wolfsberger with a stunning overhead kickCredit: AFP or licensors What a goal! To even try this bicycle kick takes confidence... ????Take a bow, Dele! ???? pic.twitter.com/AWJbibdxR1— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 24, 2021 The 24-year-old - making a rare start for the North London outfit - put Spurs ahead in the tenth minute of their Europa League Round of 32 second leg clash. Alli seized on a low cross whipped in from right-back Matt Doherty, where he took touch, before finding the top left corner in acrobatic fashion. It was just his third goal of...
    CHELSEA forward Olivier Giroud continues to defy his years. The former Arsenal star was the match-winner for the Blues in their 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League - showing astonishing athleticism by scoring with an overhead kick. 12Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud shows off his buff physique on holiday in IbizaCredit: The Mega Agency 12Giroud, 34, is in peak condition thanks to a strict health and fitness planCredit: Getty Images - Getty 12 Just like the age-less Cristiano Ronaldo, the French World Cup winner has given longevity to his career with a strict diet plan and tough fitness routine. And he eats plenty of fruit, vegetables, chicken and fish to maintain his incredible physique, while working overtime in the gym. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT Crucial to Giroud's health and fitness plan is what he puts into his body. The 6ft4in striker avoids processed foods, sugar and unhealthy...
    Olivier Giroud says Chelsea came into Tuesday’s clash with Atletico Madrid with their eyes on winning, even if it was an away leg at a neutral site. Giroud scored the game’s lone goal, a stunning second-half bicycle kick that gave Chelsea a massive advantage heading into the second leg. The Frenchman says that was always Chelsea’s intention, as the Blues were looking to have an edge heading into the second leg at Stamford Bridge. Giroud on Chelsea’s approach “We came here with strong intentions to win the game, play our game and we know how we could give them trouble offensively,” he told BT Sport. “We have been strong at the back in the defensive shape and very pleased with the win, it was a deserved win tonight. “We know the importance of the away goal in European cups so that is why I was pleased to help the team...
    Atletico Madrid 1-0 Chelsea: Match statistics Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in Tuesday night’s Champions League last-16 first leg in Bucharest confirms that the Londoners were right to sack Frank Lampard as manager and replace him with Thomas Tuchel. The Blues have been transformed into a solid, well-drilled unit in under a month, and they passed their toughest test yet by out-thinking and outplaying Diego Simeone’s Spanish league leaders. As Tuchel told BT Sport afterwards, “We never let them breathe. We never gave them any chances to counterattack.” There’s still a second leg to come, of course, but Olivier Giroud’s stunning overhead kick has put Chelsea in an excellent position to reach the quarter-finals.  That the French forward started was something of a surprise, given the 34-year-old had been left out of four of Tuchel’s eight previous line-ups, but Giroud once again proved that he is a man for the big occasion.  Indeed, Giroud had been...
    LUIS SUAREZ sneakily pinched Antonio Rudiger's thigh as the Atletico Madrid striker pulled all his old tricks in defeat to Chelsea. The Blues head into the last 16 second leg with a crucial away goal after veteran striker Olivier Giroud scored a stunning bicycle kick. 4Luis Suarez sneakily pinched Antonio Rudiger's thigh 4Luis Suarez infamously bit Chelsea legend Branislav Ivanovic in 2013, earning him a ten-game FA banCredit: Pixel 8 Suarez really move from biting to pinching , this man ????????‍♀️ pic.twitter.com/R9gnmrdaXo— Ashara (@xd_Ashara) February 23, 2021 But for his opposite number, it was a more frustrating night, with LaLiga leaders Atletico not managing a single shot on target. And it appeared to get on top of Suarez, who was captured pinching Rudiger, causing the German to square up to the forward. Suarez will not only be remembered by Chelsea fans for his prolific scoring for...
    Chelsea stunned Atletico Madrid in the Champions League thanks to an incredible bicycle kick goal from striker Olivier Giroud  Chelsea fans are on cloud nine right now thanks to an unbelievable result against La Liga powerhouse Atletico Mardid on Tuesday in the Champions League Round of 16. That’s because striker Olivier Giroud has given the team a massive victory thanks to one of the goals of the tournament. With the two sides tied at 0-0 in the second half, Giroud put the English Premier League club in front thanks to a goal in the 68th minute. This wasn’t any kind of goal, though, as the French star is stealing headlines thanks to his brilliant bicycle kick finish. Worth the wait. Olivier Giroud with a spectacular finish. ???? pic.twitter.com/VT5ojrD2NS — Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) February 23, 2021 Olivier Giroud’s bicycle kick goal for Chelsea FC will be shown for...
    How Texass deregulated market for power led to exorbitant electric bills Ghislaine Maxwell offers to renounce foreign citizenship in exchange for bail Atletico Madrid is going to Atletico Madrid, and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel’s man is proud that his Blues handled the trouble and head back to England with a 1-0 lead after 90 minutes of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie on Tuesday. © Photo by DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP via Getty Images Atleti failed to get a shot on target and Tuchel ran his Chelsea record to six wins and two draws in eight outings, this win his very best yet (with apologies to the slim win over Spurs). More impressive? Chelsea showed patience and resolve against a team which wore down Liverpool at its very best last season. [ MORE: Three things we learned from Atleti – Chelsea ] But there’s a lot more to do...
    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,...
    OLIVIER GIROUD scored the decisive goal as Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. The Frenchman proved his class with a gorgeous bicycle kick in the 68th that needed a lengthy VAR review first. 6Olivier Giroud was Chelsea's best player in the 1-0 win against Atletico MadridCredit: Getty Images - Getty Here are tonight's player ratings from Simon Phillips... Edouard Mendy - 5 The Blues stopper almost gave away a goal to Atletico early on with a very heavy touch, and some of his passing out was poor and risky. Cesar Azpilicueta - 5 A few poor passes and dodgy moments on the ball from the captain who didn't exactly look full of confidence tonight. One of his poorer games in a Chelsea shirt. Andreas Christensen - 7 Tidy on the ball largely in build-up play but he looked unsteady at...
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet and activist, dies at 101 NRSC chair Scott calls for party unity: The Republican Civil War is now cancelled The UEFA Champions League returned with two more first legs on Tuesday, with clubs from some of Europe’s busiest cities matched up around the continent. (video) © Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images [ MORE: How to watch PL in the USA ]   Chelsea took a small advantage back to London while Bayern Munich has an embarrassment of away goal riches after 90 minutes. Three things we learned from Atletico Madrid – Chelsea 1. Growth is good (and so, maybe, is better management): A year after being demolished by Bayern Munich 7-1 over two legs in the Round of 16 — with 5.5 months in between — Chelsea took advantage of a sloppy Atletico Madrid and might’ve been happy to head back to Stamford Bridge at 0-0....
    HE is not just a pretty face, Olivier Giroud - his finishing can be gorgeous too. Thomas Tuchel, who has done a spot of male modelling himself, willhave fully appreciated the chiselled striker’s acrobatic strike, whichpropelled Chelsea to within touching distance of a first ChampionsLeague quarter-final in seven years. Oh my, Olivier Giroud! ????He just loves scoring worldies, doesnt he!?VAR initially ruled the goal out but it stands as Mario Hermoso was deemed to have deflected the ball onto the Frenchman ???? pic.twitter.com/CAweQ8SzAR— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 23, 2021 10Olivier Giroud scored an incredible bicycle kick as Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid 1-0Credit: Reuters 10The Frenchman celebrates what could turn out to be a crucial away goalCredit: AFP OR LICENSORS 10Chelsea players mobbed Giroud after his stunning winnerCredit: AP:Associated Press Giroud had to agonise for three long minutes before his bicycle kickwas awarded by VAR, having originally been chalked...
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Olivier Giroud’s bicycle-kick goal awarded after video review gave Chelsea a 1-0 win against Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday. It took nearly three minutes for Giroud and his teammates to be able to celebrate the important 68th-minute away goal that was initially disallowed for offside. Giroud was clearly in front of the defenders when he pulled off his acrobatic shot, but VAR determined that the ball came from Atlético defender Mario Hermoso, thus annulling the offside. Atlético was the home team but the match was played in Bucharest, Romania, because of travel restrictions preventing visitors from Britain entering Spain. The second leg will be on March 17 in London. In the other round-of-16 match on Tuesday, Bayern Munich defeated Lazio 4-1 in Italy. It was the second consecutive loss for Atlético after a seven-match...
    LONDON (AP) — Timo Werner’s first goal in 15 Premier League games helped send Chelsea back into the top four with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle on Monday. Werner’s first league goal since Nov. 7 — after Olivier Giroud’s opener — meant the striker’s topflight goal drought lasted exactly 1,000 minutes. New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel had insisted only a goal could restore Werner’s confidence and now the west London club will hope the summer signing can rediscover his top form. The former Leipzig player also helped set up Giroud’s goal in an encouraging all-round showing. Newcastle couldn’t replicate its performances from recent wins over Everton and Southampton and is just one place and seven points above the relegation zone. Tuchel handed Kepa Arrizabalaga his first league start since October, having insisted the goalkeeper has a “new start” under him at Stamford Bridge. However, Kepa was hardly tested by Newcastle....
    CHELSEA have suffered a striker blow, with Tammy Abraham going off injured in the opening 20 minutes against Newcastle. The England forward was preferred to Olivier Giroud up top by boss Thomas Tuchel. PA:Press Association 4 Abraham was left writhing in pain on the turf But it would be a short outing for the 23-year-old. Chelsea thought they’d be awarded a penalty when Abraham appeared to be cleared out in the box. Nothing was given, but their striker felt the lasting effect. Abraham tried to continue, but was withdrawn for Olivier Giroud in the 19th minute. The Frenchman didn’t take too long to make his mark on the game, giving his side the lead on the half hour mark, his tenth of the season. And fellow forward Timo Werner made things even better on 39 minutes, when he was in the right place at the right time to tap...
    MICHAEL OWEN believes Chelsea need to sign a top striker if they are to win the Premier League in the near future. The Blues signed a series of attacking players in the summer including Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech. 2Werner has failed to hit the ground running since joining Chelsea at the start of the seasonCredit: PA:Press Association But with none of them excelling so far at Stamford Bridge and the lack of a regular 20-goal a season striker already at the club, Owen feels it is a problem which still needs addressing. Speaking to Premier League Productions, he said: "I’ve never felt comfortable with Chelsea’s main centre forwards since Drogba probably. "I only say that when I’m talking: ‘Are Chelsea going to win the league? Are they real contenders?’ ‘Of course they’re brilliant players - Giroud’s won the World Cup for godness sake and is a brilliant...
    ARSENAL have made a profit on just EIGHT transfers in the last ten years. Since 2010, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the biggest money spinner while Mesut Ozil represented the largest loss. 6 The Gunners' transfer policy has been criticised in the past with players often leaving for less money than they were bought after limited contributions to the first team. Just a quick glance at the top ten losses in the last decade backs up that point. They have also let £163m worth of talent leave on free transfers in just three years. Mesut Ozil left for Fenerbahce in January for nothing even though Arsenal paid £42.3m for him from Real Madrid. And Shkodran Mustafi was a £36.9m buy from Valencia five years ago and the centre-back has also left on a free for Schalke. But here SunSport details the eight rare examples of player who actually earned the North...
    THOMAS TUCHEL'S arrival at Chelsea could spark a late flurry of transfer deals at Stamford Bridge. The German boss hasn't even been in the role for a week but he is wasting no time stamping his authority on the side. 5Thomas Tuchel could sanction a couple of departures on MondayCredit: Reuters In the 2-0 victory over Burnley, his first as Blues boss, the likes of Ben Chilwell and Reece James started the game on the bench. With the January transfer window closing tomorrow, it will give Tuchel the opportunity to trim the squad and possibly even make an addition or two. Here are five players who could grab the headlines on deadline day. Billy Gilmour The midfielder is free to leave the club on loan after being left out of the last two matchday squads. Gilmour, 19, is not going to be short of suitors after...
    ROMA are reportedly plotting a late raid on Chelsea for Olivier Giroud. Corriere dello Sport claims the Frenchman is wanted on loan as a replacement for Edin Dzeko, who has been axed by boss Paulo Fonseca. 3Roma are lining up a late move for Chelsea striker Olivier GiroudCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Edin Dzeko is training on his own after clashing with boss Paulo FonsecaCredit: Getty Images - Getty It’s believed the pair clashed over the exit of popular backroom staff man Gianluca Combar. And Dzeko, 34, is now training alone after being left out of Saturday’s 4-3 win against Spezia. It's a huge call as the Bosnian has been a hugely important player for Roma since joining from Manchester City in 2015. Dzeko has scored 114 goals in 242 games for the capital club, including eight this season. And Roma are now desperately scrambling for a replacement late in...
    MASON MOUNT scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea beat Fulham 1-0. The midfielder popped up late on to earn the Blues a much-needed win against their west London rivals. 4Mason Mount was Chelsea's best player as he scored in a 1-0 win against FulhamCredit: EPA Here, SunSport's Simon Phillips delivers his Chelsea player ratings... Edouard Mendy - 6 Very quiet night for Mendy, especially after Fulham went down to ten men. He barely had a save to make and rarely touched the ball. Cesar Azpilicueta - 7 A few decent moments from him in the attacking third and used his experience well. Some good contributions going forward and at least put in 100% effort to try for the three points. FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN SIGN UP OFFERS HERE 4Olivier Giroud had a poor game in attack at Craven CottageCredit: EPA Most read in FootballED...
    CHELSEA will fight to keep Olivier Giroud after talks with Juventus stalled. The France striker, 34, also being eyed by West Ham and AC Milan, is unhappy at Juve reportedly offering only a six-month contract. 1Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has been linked with Juventus, West Ham and AC MilanCredit: Getty Images - Getty Blues' boss Frank Lampard also has the option of fending off Giroud's many admirers and handing him a new one-year contract in the summer. The Italian media claim Juventus believe Giroud's guile can help main man Cristiano Ronaldo revive their bid for a tenth straight Serie A title. But Tuttosport suggest there are two major stumbling blocks to a move. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge Firstly, ex-Arsenal targetman Giroud wants far more security than a deal until the end of the season - and ideally a contract until the summer of...
    OLIVIER GIROUD has reportedly emerged as a target for Atletico Madrid. The Spanish side could land the Chelsea star as a replacement for Diego Costa. 3Olivier Giroud has made nine appearances in the Premier League this seasonCredit: Rex Features BBC Sport claim that Atletico Madrid are one of the clubs interested in Giroud after the 34-year-old's impressive form caught the eye of Diego Simeone. Despite his slow start to the 2020-21 campaign, Giroud now looks back to his best. He has scored eight goals in his last eight appearances for Frank Lampard's side. The striker even scored all four of Chelsea's goals in last month's win over Sevilla. Giroud has been with the London club since he joined from rivals Arsenal in 2018. Since his arrival, the France international has scored a total of 37 goals in 103 games. His encouraging spell for the Blues this...
    OLIVIER GIROUD is reportedly set to stay at Chelsea this month despite interest from Juventus and Inter Milan. Goal claims the French striker, 34, will see out the remainder of his Stamford Bridge contract after a mixed season under Frank Lampard. 1Olivier Giroud is set to stay at Chelsea despite interest from Juventus and Inter MilanCredit: Reuters Giroud struggled for minutes during the first few months of the new term, with Tammy Abraham preferred in attack. But the Chelsea pensioner showed his class when called upon and has ended up scoring nine goals in 15 games. Despite fighting his way back into contention, it was thought Giroud was exploring new avenues this winter in order to keep his starting place for France at the Euros. Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has long been a fan, having signed Giroud for Chelsea from Arsenal in 2018. Meanwhile, Juventus are said to have...
    Olivier Giroud is set to stay at Chelsea in the January transfer window despite being flattered by interest from Serie A giants Juventus. Frank Lampard will get his wish to keep the Frenchman at Stamford Bridge for another six months as pressure grows over his position in charge of the club. Giroud’s contract expires in June 2021 and there is no specific clause that Chelsea can invoke to extend it, having used an option to keep him for another year in 2020. The Blues would therefore need to agree a new deal with the 34-year-old for him to continue in west London, with Giroud having spoken to Le Dauphine Libere about his situation. He said: “The ambition is to win something with Chelsea this season. The rest of my career, in the short term, I see it at Chelsea. Now we know that things are going very quickly in football, for good and bad [reasons]....
    JUVENTUS manager Andrea Pirlo has opened the door for a move for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge in recent months and has found himself playing second fiddle to Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner. 3Olivier Giroud has fallen down the Chelsea pecking orderCredit: PA 3Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo is open to signing Olivier GiroudCredit: Getty Giroud has made 15 appearances in all competitions this season but has completed 90 minutes just once. The former Arsenal man, 34, is eager to play regular first-team football as he's desperate to be selected in France's Euro 2020 squad. Despite being Chelsea's third-choice striker, Giroud has been in great form this season - scoring eight goals in his last seven appearances in the Premier League and Champions League. Giroud's recent purple patch has caught the attention of Pirlo, who admits the France international would be...
    ATLETICO MADRID are reportedly ready to test Chelsea by launching a transfer move for Olivier Giroud. The Spanish giants confirmed yesterday that they had released ex-Blues forward Diego Costa from his contract. 2Atletico Madrid reportedly want Chelsea's Olivier GiroudCredit: PA:Press Association That leaves them with only veteran Luis Suarez and Joao Felix as out-and-out strikers. Now Mundo Deportivo claims Diego Simeone’s outfit will attempt to sign Giroud as a replacement once the window re-opens next month. The 33-year-old Frenchman has struggled during his near three years with the Blues to establish himself as first-choice. Big-money arrival Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham have been preferred to him in attack this term, although he appears to have gained the trust of Frank Lampard in more recent weeks. Giroud, who has eight goals in his last eight matches for Chelsea, will become a free agent at the end of the season. Lampard will...
    AMAZON mistakenly thought Chelsea had taken the lead through Christian Pulisic's early shot against Aston Villa. The American winger, 22, slammed the ball into the side netting in the 12th minute causing the virtual crowd noise to stir and Amazon's live scoreboard to show Chelsea leading 1-0. 3Amazon showed Chelsea leading 1-0 when Christian Pulisic hit the side nettingCredit: Amazon 3Pulisic had a great early opening but shot just off targetCredit: Guardian News & Media / Free to use by all titles in perpetuity under NMC agreement The former Borussia Dortmund man had pounced on a loose pass to fashion an opening but rattled the wrong side of the net. He was a constant threat and bright spark for Frank Lampard's side as they looked to bounce back from the 3-1 hammering at Arsenal on Boxing Day. Lampard rung the changes with six new players in the starting XI...
    CHELSEA were held to a frustrating draw against Aston Villa in a blow to their top four hopes. Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the first half but an Anwar El Ghazi equaliser meant the points were shared. 4Chelsea were held to a frustrating draw against Aston VillaCredit: Guardian News & Media / Free to use by all titles in perpetuity under NMC agreement It means Frank Lampard's side side failed to break into the Champions League qualification spot. Here how Simon Phillip's rated Chelsea's performers. Edouard Mendy - 5 Good save early on from a Grealish shot, but once again he probably should have done better on Villa's equaliser. Cesar Azpilicueta - 6 Sluggish defending and wasteful with too many crosses in the first half and he also got booked for a silly foul. He stepped up his intensity in the second half a...
    LONDON (AP) — Chelsea coach Frank Lampard remains under pressure after a 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa on Monday left his team with just one win from its past five Premier League games. A fine header from veteran France forward Olivier Giroud put Chelsea ahead in the 34th minute at Stamford Bridge, but Dutch forward Anwar El Ghazi equalized early in the second half. Villa went close to a second goal when midfielder John McGinn hit the crossbar in the 69th minute, but Chelsea left back Ben Chilwell almost grabbed a dramatic winner deep into injury time when his superb volley from wide on the left fizzed just past the right post. The draw keeps fifth-place Villa one spot ahead of Chelsea on goal difference and one point behind fourth-place Manchester United, ahead of Friday’s trip to Old Trafford. Lampard selected Giroud ahead of Tammy Abraham as he...
    CHELSEA were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard had rung the changes after the harrowing 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Boxing Day. 5Anwar El Ghazi nutmegged Edouard MendyCredit: AP:Associated Press 5Olivier Giroud's header beat Emiliano Martinez in the Aston Villa goalCredit: AP:Associated Press 5Giroud celebrated his strike with Ben Chilwell who assisted the first goal of the gameCredit: Getty Images - Getty With the games just 48 hours apart, Lampard had to use his wider squad for the visit of his old pal John Terry, Villa No2. And undoubtedly having been sent a rocket from the boss, Chelsea started brightly, taking the lead via Olivier Giroud's neat header from Ben Chilwell's cross. They went in one up at the break but Anwar El Ghazi's strike after the interval pegged the Blues back. The West Londoners were furious after a collision between Jack...
    OLIVIER GIROUD'S stunning 2020 in front of goal shows why Frank Lampard cannot allow the French striker to leave. The former Arsenal striker has bagged 17 goals since January, with England star Tammy Abraham second with 11 strikes. 2 Giroud, 34, tops the charts by some distance when it comes to the top goal scorers in West London since the turn of the year. New boy Timo Werner is third after netting eight times since arriving at Stamford Bridge from RB Leipzig for £54million. Wideman Christian Pulisic has scored seven goals with former penalty taker and vice captain Jorginho notching six. Ex-Blues winger Willian also makes the list after rattling home six goals before departing across London for Arsenal at the end of last season. Giroud was linked with a move away from the Blues after struggling for game time under Lampard with the delayed Euro 2020 tournament...
    WEST HAM are reportedly eyeing a move for Olivier Giroud in January. The Hammers are keen on signing a striker next month with main man Michail Antonio out injured and Sebastien Haller failing to impress and the Chelsea forward is said to be near the top of their wanted list. 3West Ham are eyeing a move for Olivier Giroud in JanuaryCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Michail Antonio has been in fine form for the Hammers this year but he is out injuredCredit: Getty Images - Getty Antonio has been a Hammers goal machine in 2020 but he has played just one half in their last eight games because of a hamstring injury picked up during the 1-1 draw with Manchester City. And £45million backup Haller has only managed two goals in his absence. David Moyes is said to have doubts over the Frenchman's suitability and wants to bring in an...
    CHELSEA star Olivier Giroud is reportedly being targeted by Marseille and AC Milan. The France striker wants regular football ahead of next summer's rescheduled Euro 2020. 2Olivier Giroud is in demand heading into the January transfer windowCredit: EPA According to Le 10 Sport, Marseille have set their sights on bringing Giroud to the club in next month's transfer window. Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas wants to sign a striker next month and Giroud is one of their main targets. Giroud has also been linked with a move to AC Milan with the Italian giants in the market for a new forward. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is currently out with a hamstring injury and Milan want to bring in another striker. But Inside Futbol has claimed Milan are likely to look elsewhere with the club keen to recruit a younger forward. The 34-year-old has shown he can still deliver this...
      MARCEL DESAILLY believes Oliver Giroud could be facing an uphill battle to cement his place as Chelsea’s main frontman, according to reports.   And the Blues hero thinks his French compatriot - linked with a Juventus January swoop - is likely to play second fiddle to Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham.  2Marcel Desailly reckons Olivier Giroud may struggle to secure a spot in Chelsea's starting line-upCredit: Rex Features Giroud, 34, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has been sensational for Frank Lampard scoring eight goals in 14 appearances in all competitions this term. And the Inter Milan target netted four for Chelsea during their 4-0 thumping of Sevilla, and in their win against Leeds and loss to Wolves.  However, the ex-Arsenal frontman, who started on the bench in six Prem encounters this season, is thought to be restless amid fears of being omitted from France’s squad...
    CHELSEA are confident they can cling onto Olivier Giroud until the summer, according to reports. The 34-year-old French forward feared for his European Championship hopes this summer because of a lack of playing time. 2Olivier Giroud has been in brilliant goalscoring form for ChelseaCredit: Ryan Browne-The Times Giroud has been lethal in front of goal and forced his way back into Frank Lampard's plans. He scored all four goals in their Champions League thrashing at Sevilla before Premier League strikes against Leeds and Wolves. The 34-year-old's contract was extended last summer until the end of the current campaign. And the Telegraph report that the Blues reckon of holding onto the French forward until the end of the season. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge The striker is likely to see plenty of playing time over a busy festive period in the Premier...
    REAL MADRID boss Zinedine Zidane has labelled Karim Benzema the best French striker of all-time... but is he right? Les Bleus have been blessed with several world-class players over the years, helping rack up two World Cups and two European Championships. 6Reigning world champions France have boasted a number of star forwards over the yearsCredit: Reuters Strikers such as Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Eric Cantona and Olivier Giroud can all stake a claim to being in the top five. And a number of great attacking midfielders, including Zidane, Michel Platini and Raymond Kopa, have provided the ammunition. But, as with any list of this calibre, some top names must be left out. Here, SunSport details our top five strikers in French football history. 5 - Antoine Griezmann As mentioned, several top players would be jostling for this position with Giroud, Mbappe, Jean-Pierre Papin and Sylvain Wiltord unfortunate to miss out....
    CHELSEA suffered a shock defeat by Wolves on a dramatic night at Molineux. Frank Lampard's men were beaten by a stoppage-time winner from Pedro Neto, while off the field we've the very latest on Olivier Giroud. Follow all the latest from the Bridge below...
    CHELSEA were left frustrated as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat away to Wolves on Tuesday night. Olivier Giroud once again get on the scoreboard for the Blues, but how did the rest of the team stack up? 4Olivier Giroud's goal helped earn Chelsea a point at WolvesCredit: Ryan Browne-The Times Edouard Mendy - 6 Was beaten by a deflection for Wolves' equaliser but was largely untested other than that. Good on the ball as usual.  Reece James - 5 He was marked well by Wolves in the first half who did well to block his dangerous crosses and it was largely a quiet game for James on the right. Few bad passes giving the ball away as well, not a good night for him.  Kurt Zouma - 5 Hit the bar with a fantastic header in the first half and was so unlucky not to score. Poor at the...
    OLIVIER GIROUD has rubbed further salt in the wounds of Arsenal supporters by stating his goal in the Europa League final was the best header of his career. The former Gunners fan favourite opened the scoring for Chelsea against the North Londoners in the eventual 4-1 win in Baku on May 29, 2019. 3Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock against Arsenal in the Europa League final in 2019Credit: Reuters 3Chelsea chief Petr Cech failed to claim silverware in his last game in goalCredit: Getty Images - Getty His comments may also not go down well with Blues chief Petr Cech, who was between the sticks for Arsenal in what was his last appearance before retiring. Following the match he returned to Stamford Bridge to become the club's technical and performance advisor. Giroud broke the deadlock with diving header after latching onto the end of Emerson Palmieri's delivery. In an...
    DIDIER DESCHAMPS has again warned Frank Lampard about Olivier Giroud's playing time. But this time, the France manager urged his Chelsea counterpart NOT to play the striker too much. 3Didier Deschamps has repeatedly bemoaned Olivier Giroud's lack of gametimeCredit: Getty - Contributor 3Giroud and Lampard have maintained a good relationshipCredit: Getty Images - Getty The pair have repeatedly been at loggerheads over Giroud's game time, while Lampard has also been frustrated by Deschamps' use of N'Golo Kante through the midfielder's injury troubles. Giroud, 34, has enjoyed a Chelsea renaissance of late, however, banging five goals in their last two games. And while Deschamps, 52, is pleased at the reversal in his target man's fortunes, he revealed that playing too much would not be 'ideal' either. He said: "We often talk about Olivier, he is often criticised. "A lot of the things said about him are unfair and he has...
    PATRICE EVRA has claimed that people would 'like' Olivier Giroud more if his name was 'Giroudinho'. The Chelsea forward has hit a fine run of form of late, last night adding to his midweek four-goal haul against Sevilla with a crucial equaliser against Leeds United at Stamford Bridge. 2Giroud, 34, netted the equaliser as Chelsea came from behind against LeedsCredit: AP:Associated Press 2Patrice Evra has lavished praise upon his former France team-mateCredit: Getty Images - Getty But during Sky Sports' broadcast, Patrice Evra bemoaned people 'questioning' Giroud's 'style', insisting that his French compatriot is the Blues' best striker. He said: "I think Giroud's only problem is his name. "If his name is Giroudinho or something people would like him. "For me he's the most complete striker Chelsea have and I don't understand, because even in the French national team people always question his style. "Even when he was at...
    LONDON (AP) — Olivier Giroud netted his fifth goal of the week and Christian Pulisic scored for the first time in the Premier League this season to lead Chelsea’s comeback in a 3-1 win over Leeds on Saturday. Handed a start after scoring all of Chelsea’s goals in a 4-0 midweek win at Sevilla in the Champions League, Giroud was on target again when he turned in Reece James’ cross to cancel out Leeds’ fourth-minute opener by Patrick Bamford — a former Chelsea player. Kurt Zouma put Chelsea in front with a header from Mason Mount’s corner in the 61st minute and Pulisic, who came on as a first-half substitute for the injured Hakim Ziyech, capped the fightback with a third in stoppage time by sliding in to convert Timo Werner’s pass. Pulisic, the U.S. international, is returning from a second spell out through injury this season. Chelsea moved to...
    THE BIG FRENCHMAN can’t stop scoring. Kurt Zouma, that is. 5Kurt Zouma leapt highest to head home Chelsea's secondCredit: Reuters It was Olivier Giroud who cancelled out the opening goal by another striker who found his opportunities at Chelsea limited, Patrick Bamford. Giroud’s fifth strike in four days justified his selection but the game was turned in Chelsea’s favour by Zouma’s fourth goal from centre back in his impressive start to the season. Christian Pulisic’s late third sealed a win that sent the Blues top of the Premier League and this was a performance that suggested Frank Lampard’s team have what it takes to remain there or thereabouts. Leeds played their part in an entertaining game but the Blues dominated the second half and turned that domination into three points in impressive style. Lampard didn’t need his own spy to know what to expect from Marcelo Bielsa’s side. But the...
    TIMO WERNER was left head in hands after missing from point-blank range against Leeds. And replays showed the German actually preventing strike partner Olivier Giroud from heading home. 2Timo Werner was left head in hands after missing from point-blank range against LeedsCredit: Reuters 2Replays appeared to show the German actually preventing strike partner Olivier Giroud from heading homeCredit: Reuters WHAT IS HE DOING?! ????Werner tries to stab Girouds goal-bound header in but ends up inadvertently clearing it off the line!???? Watch on Sky Sports PL???? Follow #CHELEE here: https://t.co/HHD1DcZsfa???? Download the @SkySports app! pic.twitter.com/vTXAdUdVn0— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 5, 2020 Giroud nodded across goal from a corner with Werner latching onto it. But he failed to make contact at first and his second effort ended up hitting the bar from just a few yards out. Werner was in no position to tell whether Giroud's...
    FORMER Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants reunite with N'Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud at Inter Milan, according to reports. The Italian was at the helm when both were brought to Stamford Bridge. 4Antonio Conte enjoyed great success with N'Golo Kante in his midfieldCredit: Hannah McKay 4The Italian also brought Olivier Giroud to the clubCredit: REUTERS Conte, 51, won the Premier League title with Kante in the middle of his midfield - while he signed Giroud just months before his exit. In his bid to win another Serie A title, however, he could look to pounce once again for BOTH when the window reopens in January. According to Tuttosport, Conte will reprise his previous interest in the French duo, in order to try and cut the five-point gap to AC Milan at the top of Serie A. Giroud, 34, has once again fallen into a bit-part role at Chelsea this season,...
    OLIVIER GIROUD's lack of pace could see him dropped for Chelsea's clash with Leeds, it has been claimed. A four-goal performance against Sevilla in the week has pushed the Frenchman towards another start on Saturday. 2Olivier Giroud smashed four goals in a rare start in SpainCredit: Getty Images - Getty A pair of headers came alongside a clinical finish and penalty for the striker, whose only mistake was awkwardly bungling a knee-slide celebration. Wedensday's stunning outing was just Giroud's second start all season, the other coming in the Carabao Cup. And it has served to add to Frank Lampard's already-significant selection headache. Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham have both banged in the goals this season - with eight and five, respectively. It appears to be a toss-up between Giroud and Abraham for the Leeds game. But the England international may have the edge thanks to his fresher legs and added...
    CHELSEA host Leeds on Saturday night in a mouth-watering Premier League clash. The Blues head into the match buzzing from their 4-0 Champions League win over Sevilla which included Olivier Giroud scoring ALL four goals. 1Olivier Giroud is pushing for a starting spot When is Chelsea vs Leeds? Chelsea vs Leeds takes place on Saturday, December 5 with an 8pm kick-off. Stamford Bridge plays host. There will be 2,000 fans in attendance at the Bridge. What TV channel is Chelsea vs Leeds on? Chelsea vs Leeds will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Sky begin their coverage at 7.45pm following West Ham vs Man Utd. Those without a Sky subscription can grab a Now TV day pass from £9.99. What is the team news? Ben Chilwell is a doubt for Chelsea with an ankle problem. Boss Frank Lampard has...
    CHELSEA star Olivier Giroud is set to be rewarded for his Champions League heroics with a start against Leeds. The Frenchman, 34, walked off with the match ball after scoring a perfect hat-trick and a penalty in the 4-0 win against Sevilla. 3Olivier Giroud could earn his first Premier League start of the season against Leeds Giroud's standout showing made him just the second player to score four goals for an English side in the Champions League after Ruud van Nistelrooy for Manchester United in 2004. And the former Arsenal man admitted afterwards that he wants to be playing otherwise he'll look to leave the club in January. But he is in line to make his first Premier League start of the season following his four goal haul in Spain. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge When asked if Giroud has a good claim for a place, Chelsea...
    CHELSEA are reportedly willing to listen to offers for both Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori in January. The defenders have each featured in the Premier League just once this season with Frank Lampard preferring a centre-back pairing of Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma. Rex Features 3 Fikayo Tomori has struggled for game time this season under Frank Lampard Getty Images - Getty 3 German defender Rudiger has lost his place in the starting XI this season Former Roma star Rudiger has been linked with a shock move to Barcelona as an alternative to Manchester City’s Eric Garcia. Meanwhile ex-Derby loanee Tomori is claimed to be an option for Newcastle as Steve Bruce weighs up bringing him to St James’ Park on loan. And ESPN have stated that the pair will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge as Lampard looks to trim the centre-backs in his squad. It remains...
    OLIVIER GIROUD told Chelsea manager Frank Lampard: Play me or I am off. The France striker hit four goals in the 4-0 Champions League victory away in Sevilla on Wednesday before delivering the sobering message. 2Olivier Giroud wants more game time at Chelsea or he will quitCredit: Rex Features Giroud, 34, says the next month will be crucial for both his club and international hopes as he bids for more first-team action ahead of the Euros next summer. He said: “I am ready to fight until the end. But obviously to be happy I need to be a little bit more on the pitch. “I have a good chance to be ready for the Euros if I play more than in the beginning of the season. “I had a conversation with France manager Didier Deschamps and he said if the situation stayed like that, you will have to make a...
    CESC FABGREGAS has paid tribute to Olivier Giroud after his four-goal haul for Chelsea against Sevilla. The Frenchman, 34, walked off with the matchball after scoring a perfect hat-trick and a penalty in the 4-0 win in Spain last night. 2Cesc Fabregas has hailed Olivier Giroud for his four goals against SevillaCredit: Getty - Contributor @_OlivierGiroud_ what a real pro you are mate. All young players should have you as a rol model. Well done once again. And people still wonder why you always end up playing!! Hard work, passion, dedication and real character to always turn things around. ????????— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) December 2, 2020 Giroud’s performance secured Chelsea’s place as group winners, with the veteran’s late winner against Rennes last week booking the Blues’ place in the next stage. And he has now become just the second player to score four goals for an English side in the Champions League after...
    OLIVIER GIROUD’S incredible goalscoring performance against Sevilla saw him become just the second player to net four times for an English club in the Champions League. The Frenchman, 34, walked off with the matchball after scoring a perfect hat-trick in the 4-0 win in Spain last night. 3Olivier Giroud is just the second player to score four goals for an English club in the Champions LeagueCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Ruud van Nistelrooy netted four times for Manchester United 16 years agoCredit: Getty - Contributor Giroud also netted a late penalty to seal Chelsea’s place at the top of their group. And the veteran striker is now just the second man to achieve the feat for an English club in Europe’s elite competition. The other player who has done it is Manchester United icon Ruud van Nistelrooy. He fired home four goals against Sparta Prague in the 2004 group stage...
    GOD told Olivier Giroud to stay at Chelsea this summer according to Giroud himself. Well, thank you God, and thank you Giroud. 5The Frenchman bullying the Sevilla defence on match-day five in the Champions League. With all Chelsea’s shiny new signings arriving at the club, you would not have blamed the big striker if he decided to move on and search for more regular football, as he had so often been rumoured to during recent windows. But Giroud had an excellent end to the season playing a lot for Frank Lampard and helping them qualify for the Champions League – and he was not ready to give up on them just yet. Chelsea have spent £231 million in recent windows on the likes of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, and Christian Pulisic – but it is Giroud who is knocking the hardest on Lampard’s door this week after a...
    GET ready for a frantic December as the Premier League enters a festive fixture pile-up this month. Once again there's a packed schedule this weekend and if you fancy a flutter, we've got you covered with betting tips from three top-flight matches. 7Can Marcelo Bielsa's men pick up another three points on the road?Credit: Reuters Chelsea vs Leeds, Saturday 8pm (Sky Sports) Frank Lampard's side are really in the groove now. You have to go back to September for the last time the Blues lost a Premier League game - and they have to be down as serious title challengers this season. Alright, so they struggled against the low-block of Spurs last week in a fairly forgettable 0-0 London derby. But this week, we're expecting the goals to flow under the lights with Marcelo Bielsa's men in town. Low-block isn't in the Argentinians vocabulary and the fearless Whites will arrive...
    Race for a Vaccine, coronavirus pandemic, Big Cat Public Safety Act: 5 things to know Thursday Teaching climate crisis in classrooms critical for children, top educators say Giroud getting better with age - Chelsea simply cant afford to sell evergreen striker in January Chelsea manager Frank Lampard argued last week that veteran striker Olivier Giroud is "getting better with age". The Frenchman proved his point with a stunning performance at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Wednesday night. The 34-year-old became the oldest player in Champions League history to score a hat-trick before then converting a penalty, which he had won himself, to put the seal on a sensational 4-0 win that sealed top spot in Group E for the Blues. Giroud had gone into the game having started just one previous game this season. However, he now has six goals to his name, averaging one every 45.5 minutes. "It...
    OLIVIER GIROUD was left red-faced after bungling a dramatic knee-slide celebration against Sevilla. It was the only moment the Chelsea striker fluffed on Wednesday night as he racked up four goals in the convincing win. View this post on Instagram A post shared by BT Sport (@btsport) Frank Lampard handed the Frenchman a rare start in the Champions League trip to Spain, which would decide who would top Group E. And his faith was immediately repaid with a delightful turn and finish on seven minutes. After the break, Giroud popped up with a headed second. The 34-year-old's triumphant celebration was met with a rather stodgy piece of the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan turf, however. Sent tumbling to the ground, his awkward fall left fans chuckling. Giroud got up and gave the ground an accusatory finger point while teammates joined him in celebration. 3Olivier Giroud's composed finish made it 2-0 to...
    CHELSEA striker Olivier Giroud has only been outscored in Europe by Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi since the 2018/19 season. The 34-year-old has banged in 16 goals in just 21 games for the Blues in that time - with four of those strikes coming in the 4-0 win against Sevilla on Wednesday night. 4Olivier Giroud has showed Frank Lampard he is still capable of performing at the highest levelCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4Giroud has been on fire in Europe for the Blues since joining the club from rivals Arsenal Incredibly, the France international has more goals in Europe than the Premier League for the Blues. Since joining from Arsenal in January 2018, Giroud has scored just 13 times in 63 matches in the top-flight having often found himself starting from the bench. But he has shown he is still capable of competing at the highest level as he looks...
    OLIVIER GIROUD set new records as he scored four goals to destroy Sevilla – and then admitted he could still face the axe on Saturday. Giroud was given a standing ovation by the Chelsea bench as he came off after becoming the oldest player to score a Champions League hat-trick before completing his rout from the spot. 4Olivier Giroud could still find himself left out of the Chelsea team on Saturday despite scoring four against SevillaCredit: Getty Images - Getty But the 34-year-old still doesn’t know if he has done enough to start for the Blues against Leeds this weekend. Giroud said: “Just let me enjoy the night, that great win. After a rest then we will see what the gaffer’s plan is.” The French international admitted last month he could be forced to quit Stamford Bridge if he doesn’t get more opportunities to play. Last night was only his...
    Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 750th career goal. Olivier Giroud put on a four-goal masterclass. Neymar got the goals that mattered most to leave Manchester United facing a possible Champions League exit. Neymar scored early and late at Old Trafford as Paris Saint-Germain won 3-1 in the latest bout of a fierce Champions League rivalry to take control of its destiny in Group H. United was left to regret not substituting midfielder Fred who seemed lucky not to be sent off in the first half when head-butting PSG’s Leandro Paredes. Fred finally saw a red card in the 70th minute just as United tried to come back from PSG taking a 2-1 lead through another Brazilian, Marquinhos. PSG and United are joined on nine points by Leipzig, which got a stoppage-time winning goal to beat İstanbul Başakşehir 4-3 in a thrilling game. United has perhaps the toughest task in the...
    CHELSEA showed their excellent strength in-depth tonight by beating Sevilla 4-0 in the Champions League.  Frank Lampard chose to rest a number of his key Chelsea players in Spain tonight for two reasons.  2Olivier Giroud stated his case for a regular place with an incredible FOUR goals against SevillaCredit: Getty Images - Getty One was to genuinely give them a rest ahead of a busy set of fixtures, and two was because in Lampard’s words, his fringe players have been training well and knocking on his door.  Well, many of them got their just rewards tonight and many of them really took their chances.  There were good performances from Callum Hudson-Odoi, Emerson Palmieri, and Antonio Rudiger. But there was one main man who absolutely stole the show and sent a clear and concise message to his manager tonight – that man is Olivier Giroud.  The French international not only...
    SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Striker Olivier Giroud scored four goals as Chelsea comfortably beat Sevilla 4-0 to secure first place in Group E of the Champions League on Wednesday. Both teams had already qualified for the knockout stage in advance and rested several regular starters in Seville. The victory gave Chelsea 13 points, three more than Sevilla. Krasnodar earlier beat Rennes 1-0 at home in the other group match to reach four points and secure third place. Rennes stayed in last place with one point. Chelsea secured the head-to-head tiebreaker against Sevilla with the win at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán Stadium. The teams drew 0-0 in England in their first match in the group. Giroud scored with neat shots from inside the area in the eighth and 54th minutes. The France international then added to the lead with a header in the 74th and a penalty kick converted in...
    OLIVIER GIROUD scored an incredible FOUR goals as Chelsea booked top spot in their Champions League group with a 4-0 win at Sevilla. The Frenchman has been on the fringes this term but proved his worth to the side with a stunning man-of-the-match display. 4Olivier Giroud scored four goals as Chelsea beat Sevilla 4-0Credit: Reuters Here, SunSport's Simon Phillips runs the rule over Giroud and Chelsea's other stars in Seville... Edouard Mendy - 6 Didn't have any real saves to make in the game and was largely left untested. He was good with his distribution and will be pleased with another clean sheet. Cesar Azpilicueta - 6 Got beaten out wide on a couple of occasions but he was pretty solid throughout the game regardless. Andreas Christensen - 6 Sloppy on occasions and mis-placed a few easy passes, but the Dane did what he needed to do at the...
    JUVENTUS boss Andrea Pirlo is only four months into his managerial career, but is already set for more upheaval in Turin. The Old Lady have experienced a stuttering start to the Serie A campaign, winning only four of their opening nine games. 5How Juventus could look next season 5Andrea Pirlo has had a stuttering start in charge at JuventusCredit: EPA But Pirlo, 41, appears to have his eyes on players that could help improve his side. The Italian former midfield maestro has toyed with different formations this term. If he gets his targets, however, he may stick with predominantly a 3-4-3 for next season. The wily Gigi Buffon, who is a year older than Pirlo, may well retire - but former Arsenal stopper Wojciech Szczesny has been No1 for a while now in Turin. Matthijs de Ligt is growing into a fantastic centre-half, despite initial difficulties at Juventus, and should...
    JUVENTUS and Inter Milan are set to battle for Olivier Giroud's signature in January, according to reports. The Chelsea striker, 34, has grown frustrated by his lack of playing time this season after opting to stay at the club beyond the summer after a strong end to 2019-20. 3Inter Milan are targeting Giroud, while Juventus want both the French star and Chelsea team-mate EmersonCredit: Rex Features Giroud also has one eye on next summer's European Championship - knowing he must be playing regularly to keep his spot in the France squad. And Inter Milan are looking to rescue the ex-Arsenal star in January, according to Tuttosport. Antonio Conte brought Giroud to Chelsea in January 2018 before he was sacked in the summer. The Italian is set to try to bring the Frenchman to Milan - but it's claimed Giroud would once again be playing second fiddle, this time to red-hot...
    CHELSEA drew 0-0 with Tottenham in a cagey affair at Stamford Bridge. Reece James was the Blues' brightest spark while Tammy Abraham was fairly blunt in attack. 9Frank Lampard's men played a cagey game against Tottenham at Stamford BridgeCredit: Reuters Spurs moved top of the Premier League while the Blues stay third with the point. Timo Werner had a goal disallowed in the first-half for offside but the rest of the game played out in fairly edgy fashion. And here's what Simon Phillips thought of the Blues' individual performances. Edouard Mendy - 7 Had a fairly quiet afternoon apart from a couple of half chances from Spurs. Chelsea had most the possession and Spurs defended deep, meaning Mendy was largely a sweeper keeper. 9Edouard Mendy did not have much to doCredit: EPA Reece James - 8 He produced perfect cross after perfect cross and was robbed of an...
    DAVID BECKHAM will pull out all the stops to bring French World Cup winner Olivier Giroud to Inter Miami, according to reports. The England legend is believed to have made the Chelsea star, 34, his top transfer target as he continues to build his MLS franchise. 3David Beckham is reportedly set to offer Olivier Giroud a £4m apartment in the plush Porsche Design Tower to join Inter MiamiCredit: Getty Images - Getty And it has been said that he will offer a luxurious lifestyle, should he make the move to Florida. Beckham, 45, will gift Giroud a £4million apartment in the plush Porsche Design Tower in Miami City, where Barcelona star Lionel Messi has a pad that spans an entire floor. Or, he will hand over the keys to a stunning mansion in Sunny Isles Beach, where the jet set live. The Porsche Design Tower is a 60-story building that...
    TOTTENHAM and West Ham are among the teams reportedly tracking Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud. The French forward scored the late winner in Tuesday's beating of Rennes as he continues to be used off the bench. 3Olivier Giroud netted his second goal of the season at Rennes in midweekCredit: AFP or licensors Frank Lampard heaped praise on Giroud, 34, after the victory but speculation continues to mount over his future. According to CalcioMercato, Spurs and West Ham are joined by Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Inter Miami in tracking the striker. Giroud was tipped to leave Chelsea in the summer but hit form late on last season, earning a new 12-month contract. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge Once again, he is reportedly keen on making a January move to ensure his spot in France's Euro 2020 squad. Lampard has spoken of his...
    JOE COLE claimed Olivier Giroud is one of the most underrated Premier League players after his match winner for Chelsea on Tuesday night. The Frenchman came off the bench to replace fellow striker Tammy Abraham with 20 minutes to go. 8Olivier Giroud staked his claim as the most underrated Premier League player once again with his winner in RennesCredit: Reuters And in injury time he rose highest to thump home the winner in Rennes to book Chelsea's spot in the Champions League quarter-finals. Former Blues man Cole said on Giroud: "I think he's one of the Premier League's most underrated players, he consistently performs whether it be for Arsenal or Chelsea. "It's not just moments like today such as getting the winning goal, it's his general demeanour around the place, he's a good player in the dressing room. "There's a reason why Didier Deschamps relies on him for France. Frank...
    UNSETTLED Olivier Giroud’s stoppage time winner put Chelsea into the knock-out stages and left Frank Lampard admitting: He’s given me a problem. Giroud’s late header secured the win over Rennes to ensure qualification for the last-16 days after cast doubts over his Blues future because of a lack of game time. 4Frank Lampard admits he has a selection dilemma after Olivier Giroud's winner at RennesCredit: EPA 4Lampard has preferred to use Tammy Abraham in attack with Timo Werner this termCredit: AFP The 34-year-old could seek a move from Stamford Bridge unless his opportunities improve and boss Lampard said: “I have a problem. “I have Tammy who is playing well, and we know what he did last year. Oli, who always contributes in that way with that professionalism. “That problem's always been there, it's not a fresh problem and when I say that it's probably the wrong word because it’s selection issues...
    RENNES, France (AP) — Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score an injury-time header as Chelsea won 2-1 at Rennes to reach the knockout round of the Champions League on Tuesday. Giroud has hardly played for Chelsea in recent weeks and this was just his eighth appearance in a frustrating season. But the France veteran made the most of a rare outing with an opportunistic winner in the 91st minute. After Rennes again gave the ball away in midfield, goalkeeper Alfred Gomis saved forward Timo Werner’s shot. But as the ball looped awkwardly up, the ever-alert Giroud reacted quickest to leap above static center half Damien Da Silva and planted a bullet header under the crossbar. Striker Sehrou Guirassy’s 85th-minute and equally powerful header had given Rennes hope of pushing for a first-ever win in its Champions League debut season, as Chelsea conceded its first goal in Group E....
    SUPER SUB Olivier Giroud sent Chelsea through to the next round of the Champions League with a last-gasp winner against Rennes. The Blues were left to rue a number of missed chances when Serhou Guirassy wiped out Callum Hudson Odoi's opener in the 85th minute. 2Olivier Giroud scored a 91st minute winner to book Chelsea's place in the Champions League knockout stageCredit: Reuters 2The outcast came off the bench to spare Frank Lampard's blushes in FranceCredit: Reuters But Giroud, who has been linked with a move away from Chelsea in January, fired home a stunning 91st minute header to seal his side's place in the last 16. MORE TO FOLLOW Most read in Champions LeagueASSAULT CLAIMVilla accused of sexual assault by intern who says 'he touched me every day'GossipSCHUUR THINGLiverpool must fork out £27m to land Ajax centre-back Perr Schuurs'I DID NOT KNOW'Icelandic teen at centre of England storm says...
    FRANK LAMPARD has insisted that Olivier Giroud remains an 'important' player at Chelsea. The French striker admitted that he could leave in search of game time in the upcoming January transfer window. 2Lampard has insisted that he has a good relationship with GiroudCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd But ahead of his side's trip to Rennes in the Champions League this evening, Lampard, 42, has reiterated that Giroud, 34, has a part to play. He said: "I do have plans for Oli, he is very important in our squad. “He was very important last year, he played a lot of games and made a lot of starts. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge "He’ll always want to play more but he’s a huge member of the squad for me. “I know he will be important for us going forward, so I want Oli...
    CHELSEA are reportedly set to allow Olivier Giroud to leave the club in January after the Frenchman fell down the pecking order. The striker, who nearly left the club at the beginning of 2020, has yet to start a Premier League game for Frank Lampard this season. 4Olivier Giroud looks set to leave Chelsea after falling down the pecking orderCredit: EPA Giroud scored two goals in France’s 4-2 win over Sweden last week, bringing his tally to 44 internationals goals. But he was back on bench at Newcastle on Saturday and was only given a brief run-out in the 87th minute in a 2-0 win. Speaking after the match, Giroud shared his frustrations at his current situation and admitted he may have to leave to rescue his Euro 2020 dream. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge SunSport have since reported that Chelsea look set to grant the...
    CHELSEA are reportedly set to allow Olivier Giroud to leave the club in January as a 'thank you for the striker’s service'. The Athletic claim the Blues are sympathetic to the Frenchman's situation with his departure not depending on them bringing in a replacement. 2Chelsea are willing to allow Olivier Giroud to leave the club in JanuaryCredit: Getty Images - Getty The report adds that a final decision won’t be taken yet in case of any injury problems to Chelsea stars Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham. But if Frank Lampard's first choice forwards remain fit then a transfer exit for Giroud is set to be discussed with any interested clubs. In the past Chelsea have allowed other good servants for the club to leave in similar circumstances such as Cesc Fabregas to Monaco back in 2019. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge...
    OLIVIER GIROUD has revealed his frustration at Chelsea and admits he is ready to finally leave in January. The French striker, who nearly left the club at the beginning of 2020, has yet to start a Premier League game for Frank Lampard’s high-flying team this season. EPA 3 Olivier Giroud got a rare late cameo against Newcastle on Saturday Giroud, 34, a target of David Beckham’s Inter Miami, said: “I’m aware of my situation. “I will have to make a decision in January. I hope I make the right one as I’ve always done. “It’s worrying because I thought I still had a role to play in this team, especially after ending last season so well and helping the team qualify for the Champions League.” ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge Speaking to French TV station Telefoot, he added: “At...
    CHELSEA misfit Olivier Giroud is reportedly eyeing a January exit. The Guardian claims Giroud, 34, is ready to end his three-year Stamford Bridge stay after being warned by Didier Deschamps that his place in France’s starting XI for the Euros is under threat. 2Olivier Giroud is ready to quit Chelsea with Inter Milan keenCredit: Getty Images - Getty Giroud has made just six appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, scoring just once. He has not started a Premier League or Champions Legaue Game at all. And despite often being hailed as Chelsea’s saviour last season, Giroud now finds himself as Frank Lampard’s third-choice striker behind Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge Inter Milan are known to be keen on a January deal, with San Siro boss Antonio Conte bringing Giroud to west London from Arsenal in January...
    OLIVIER GIROUD fired himself into the shop window with another double for France. And his goals against Sweden last night mean he is now just seven goals behind Thierry Henry's record tally. 5Olivier Giroud proved his class once again on the international stage with a double against SwedenCredit: Reuters 5Giroud scored a diving header from Kylian Mbappe's cross to move on to 44 France goalsCredit: AFP or licensors French boss Didier Deschamps warned last week Giroud will need to be playing regular club football or is at risk of losing his place in the national team squad ahead of the rearranged Euros. Deschamps said: "The situation he has at his club, knowing that he has a large frame and that he needs rhythm, it’s hard. "That’s not why I want to lose him, it’s complicated, we’ll talk. But obviously he has every interest in it not lasting and for him...
    SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Striker Olivier Giroud scored twice for France as the Nations League group winner beat Sweden 4-2 and relegated it on Tuesday. Unbeaten France had already booked its place in the Final Four after ensuring the top spot in League 1, Group 3 with a 1-0 win at defending champion Portugal last Saturday. Croatia stayed in the top league despite losing 3-2 to Portugal at home, meaning Sweden finished bottom on goal difference behind the Croats. The Swedes took the lead at Stade de France in the fifth minute when midfielder Viktor Claesson broke into the area, skipped past two tackles and poked a shot that clipped defender Raphael Varane and wrong-footed goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Marcus Thuram — son of famed France defender Lilian Thuram — was involved in both goals as Giroud equalized in the 16th and right back Benjamin Pavard put Les Bleus ahead in...
    THE fanfare around the Emirates on transfer deadline day when Thomas Partey signed for the club was deafening. And it may have meant the capture of Nikolaj Moller, 18, from Malmo in the final hours of the window may have slipped under the radar. 8Nikolaj Moller, 18, signed for Arsenal on transfer deadline dayCredit: Rex Features 8The imposing centre forward Moller has hit the ground running in North LondonCredit: Getty Images - Getty But since joining Mikel Arteta's side, the imposing Swedish centre forward has impressed his new employers. Some have already labelled Moller the 'next Ibrahimovic'. Now, he's even training with the Gunners first team. Here's why. EXPLODED INTO LIFE Moller was one of two young signings who moved to the Premier League giants on transfer deadline day. He arrived for just £450,000, along with former Ajax winger Joel Ideho - penning a four-year deal. Previously, Moller had spent...
    DIDIER DESCHAMPS suggested Olivier Giroud will need a transfer in order to keep his place in the France squad. The Chelsea striker, 34, has featured for just 33 minutes in the Premier League so far this season. 3Olivier Giroud may need to leave Chelsea in January or risk his future in the France national teamCredit: Getty Images - Getty And the French national team boss warned a lack of game time will make it impossible to select Giroud over sharper front men. Deschamps picked Anthony Martial to start in the 1-0 win over Portugal on Saturday as N'Golo Kante scored his second international goal. The Manchester United forward squandered several chances before being subbed off for Giroud in the 78th minute. But Deschamps said: "I make the choices that seem best to me for the France team. "With Anthony who is a good player, it allows us to have a...
    After the victory of the Blues in Portugal (0-1), Saturday night, Olivier Giroud was warned by Didier Deschamps. Traveling to Lisbon on Saturday to challenge Portugal on the occasion of the 5th day of the League of Nations, the French team pulled out all the stops to win against Cristiano Ronaldo and his partners (0- 1), thanks to a single goal scored by N’Golo Kanté. A meeting that looked like a final since, on the strength of this success, the Blues qualified for the final phase of the competition at the same time. An hour before kick-off, Didier Deschamps had concocted a little surprise for him by establishing Anthony Marial at the forefront of the attack, at the expense of Olivier Giroud. If the Manchester United striker was unsuccessful, sometimes narrowly, in front of goal, he seems more than ever able to come and compete with...
    CHELSEA outcast Olivier Giroud is being chased by Inter Milan - with the striker looking to quit club, according to reports. The Blues striker, 34, is believed to be keen on a move away from Stamford Bridge after slipping down the pecking order. ⚠️ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge 2Inter Milan are keen on signing Chelsea outcast Olivier GiroudCredit: AP:Associated Press Despite a strong end to the 2019-20 season, Giroud has fallen behind Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham under Frank Lampard. And Inter are set to raid the Premier League yet again, according to Italian outlet CalcioMercato. In recent season, the Serie A giants have already signed the likes of Ashley Young, Alexis Sanchez and Christian Eriksen. Giroud is hopeful of securing a January transfer as he bids to keep his spot in the France squad ahead of next summer's Euros. The...
    OLIVIER GIROUD is considering his future at Chelsea and could push for a January move away to help nail-down his spot in the France squad for the delayed European Championship. The former Arsenal striker, 34, was linked with a move to Inter Milan in the summer but stayed in West London after a strong end to 2019-20. ⚠️ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge 3Giroud could force a January move away from Chelsea after slipping behind Abraham and WernerCredit: Reuters 3Giroud wants to ensure he stays in the France squad for the EurosCredit: EPA But after the arrival of Timo Werner, Giroud's first-team appearances have been limited under Frank Lampard this season. Giroud has featured in two EFL Cup games - against Barnsley and Tottenham - while playing just 33 minutes in the Premier League this season. The Frenchman is now behind Werner...
    FORMER Newcastle loanee Valentino Lazaro scored a phenomenal scorpion kick that should see him in contention to win the Puskas Award. The versatile wide man, 24, finished in emphatic style for his first goal on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach from Inter Milan. Scorpion kick! ????Valentino Lazaro with a FIFA Puskás Award contender! Sensational improvisation! ???? pic.twitter.com/mJnHQ1bqNH— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 8, 2020 4Valentino Lazaro scored arguably the goal of the season with his flying scorpion kick against Bayer LeverkusenCredit: Reuters With his side trailing 4-2 to Bayer Leverkusen deep into injury time, Patrick Herrmann swung in a pacey cross from the right. Matthias Ginter desperately tried to get on the end of it but missed the ball with his header. That allowed Lazaro to instinctively throw his right leg out behind him and flick in sensationally into the far corner with his heel, leaving Bayer pair Sven Bender...
    ANTONIO CONTE is reportedly plotting a TRIPLE raid on old side Chelsea this January. Football Italia claims the Inter Milan boss wants to sign Olivier Giroud, Marcos Alonso AND Emerson Palmieri when the winter transfer window opens. ⚠️ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge 5Inter Milan are looking to sign Olivier Giroud from Chelsea this winterCredit: Getty Images - Getty It’s reckoned French striker Giroud, 34, is wanted to provide extra depth in attack. He has made just two Premier League appearances this term following the arrival of Timo Werner, with Tammy Abraham also preferred. And Giroud could jump at the chance to link up with Premier League and FA Cup winner Conte again, even though he would face competition from Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez at Inter. Meanwhile, left-back Alonso, 29, is yet to feature for Chelsea since the 3-3 draw with...
    OLIVIER GIROUD admits he will consider his Chelsea future in January after featuring just once in the new Premier League season. The veteran French striker, 34, was expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the start of 2020 after finding himself playing second fiddle to Tammy Abraham. 1Olivier Giroud admits he could leave Chelsea in January if his minutes don't improveCredit: Getty Images - Getty Despite nearly joining Tottenham, Giroud ended up staying put and eventually became Frank Lampard’s go-to goal machine, guiding the Blues to a Champions League spot with eight strikes. His form resulted in a new year-long contract and the promise of even more minutes. But the £45million summer arrival of Timo Werner, plus the continued presence of Abraham, has seen Giroud limited to even less opportunities than before. CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Blues news Inter Milan were linked with a move over the...
    SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — On a night when youth and experience aligned, striker Olivier Giroud scored twice on his 100th appearance for France and teenager Eduardo Camavinga celebrated his first start by scoring an acrobatic goal in a 7-1 thrashing of Ukraine in a friendly game Wednesday. Giroud’s brace moved the Chelsea striker onto 42 international goals, one more than Michel Platini in France’s all-time scorers’ list, which Thierry Henry tops with 51. The 34-year-old Giroud gave the world champions a 2-0 lead in the 24th minute following Camavinga’s opener, with a superb left-footed strike from outside the box into the top corner. Wearing the captain’s armband, he doubled his tally after the half-hour mark with a diving header from a rebound. Hard-hit by positive COVID-19 tests and injuries, Ukraine fielded a depleted side and trailed 4-0 at halftime after Vitaliy Mykolenko scored an own goal as he tried...
    OLIVIER GIROUD became France’s second highest scorer of all time with two goals in his 100th international game. The Chelsea star, 33, led the way as Didier Deschamps’ world champions ran out 7-1 winners in Wednesday’s friendly against Ukraine. Olivier Giroud scores GOALS pic.twitter.com/VmBI3apCGc— Marathonbet (@marathonbet) October 7, 2020 4Olivier Giroud became France's second leading goalscorer with two strikes in the 7-1 win against UkraineCredit: AFP or licensors But the game will be best remembered for Giroud’s extraordinary feat after he was handed the captain’s armband to mark his 100th cap. The veteran forward equalled Michel Platini’s haul of 41 international goals when he fired home an absolute screamer in the 24th minute. And Giroud overtook the ex-Uefa president when he doubled his tally ten minutes later. CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Blues news His 42nd strike saw Giroud become the undisputed second-top goalscorer in France’s history....
    MASON MOUNT missed the crucial penalty as Chelsea crashed out of the Carabao Cup. Timo Werner, a £53million summer signing, grabbed his first goal for the Blues with a well taken finish after 19 minutes. 3Timo Werner grabbed his first Chelsea goalCredit: Reuters Collecting the ball on the edge of the box, the German turned and fired it into the corner leaving Hugo Lloris with no chance. It almost proved to be the winner until Erik Lamela pounced late to send the contest to penalties. After nine perfect penalties, Mount was left with Chelsea's fifth which he stuck wide of the post. Here's how SunSport rated Chelsea's players on the night. CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Blues news Edouard Mendy – 8 Mendy didn't touch the ball with his hands until the 16th minute, but he did make a few good saves...
    Football : Looking for a reinforcement at the forefront of the attack, officials of Juventus Turin would have turned to the track Olivier Giroud. Just two weeks from the end of the summer transfer window, the Old Lady has still not found her scorer. After long insisting on Luis Suarez (FC Barcelona) and Edin Dzeko (AS Roma), the Bianconeri have finally decided to activate a new track. According to Sportmediaset, Juventus de Turin would be very interested in the profile of the French world champion, Olivier Giroud. Andrea Pirlo starts to get impatient Looking for a replacement for Gonzalo Higuain, who officially left the club in the last few days, the Turinese are struggling to move forward on the two priority issues. Still having failed to naturalize Luis Suarez, Juve initially turned towards the Edin Dzeko track. However, AS Roma blocked the arrival...
    EX-ARSENAL favourite Olivier Giroud has admitted that he was so desperate to leave Chelsea in January... that he nearly joined Tottenham. The Frenchman went more than two months without even featuring on the bench for the Blues last season. 2Giroud returned to favour to help fire Chelsea into the top fourCredit: Getty Images - Getty And with Spurs desperate for a striker following Harry Kane's ruptured hamstring in January, the unthinkable nearly came to pass. Giroud, 33, admitted to So Foot: "During the last three days of the transfer window, I was in the coach's office to find a solution. "I was hoping Chelsea would find a replacement for me. CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Blues news "For my part, it was not the solutions that were lacking: I almost signed for Lazio, Inter. "I was even so determined to leave that I even almost signed...
    OLIVIER GIROUD is reportedly ready to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place having NOT held talks with Juventus. The Frenchman, 33, will compete with new signing Timo Werner, 24, and Tammy Abraham, 22, at Stamford Bridge next season. 1Olivier Giroud is reportedly ready to stay at Chelsea and fight for his placeCredit: Getty Images CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Blues news It led to reports in Italy suggesting he had agreed a two-year deal with Juventus, who have stalled in negotiations to sign Luis Suarez, 33, from Barcelona. But according to The Athletic, Giroud wants to remain a Blue and has not been in contact with the Serie A champions. It is claimed the World Cup winner understands his role as a senior leader at with the club and wants to stay and challenge for the Premier League title this...
    Football : The Blues striker did not want to join the hometown of Karim Benzema. It is not there for nothing, Olivier Giroud. It is not directly his fault that Didier Deschamps chose to do without Karim Benzema for nearly five years now, and if it is to him that the coach has entrusted the role of center-forward for the France team. However, Giroud is forced to come to terms with the desire of some to compare him to No.9 Real Madrid. For pro-Benzema, let’s call them that, Giroud is public enemy n ° 2 (after Deschamps of course). This is particularly why the former Montpellier refused to sign in Lyon in January 2020. Before the history of F1 and karting … Giroud thus makes this revelation in his autobiography, which will be released this Thursday, September 10. He made the choice not to...
    Football : Olivier Giroud is almost there. Coming into play against Croatia (4-2), Olivier Giroud took advantage of a penalty to score. Successful mission for Olivier Giroud on the occasion of the gathering of the Blues. The Chelsea player has indeed participated in both meetings, in Sweden and against Croatia. Better, the former Montpellier went there from his goal, Tuesday, taking over fromAntoine Griezmann to transform the penalty obtained following a Croatian hand in the box. What allow him to get a little closer to his big goals with the Blues: the total goals of Michel Platini and the bar of 100 selections. Camavinga, it’s amazing! Goals that he did not hesitate to display at a press conference. “To overtake Michel Platini is not something that obsesses me. That would be a big word, but of course it’s a goal that is close to...
    OLIVIER GIROUD will relish the competition with Timo Werner next season after insisting his team-mate is 'not the same' as him. Chelsea signed 24-year-old German Timo Werner for £47.5million in June. 2Olivier Giroud will relish the competition with Timo Werner next season 2Chelsea signed German Werner for £47.5million in June He will join Tammy Abraham, 22, and Giroud, 33, as Frank Lampard's striking options next season. But Giroud is not phased by the new arrival - instead believing it will strengthen the the squad morale. He told Telefoot: "I haven't spoken to Lampard. "One thing is certain: the competition will pull us all to the top. A great club should have different options in each position. CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Blues news "We want to be in the race for the title and I'm here. I finished the season well and I...
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