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AC Milan striker Giroud tests positive for Covid-19
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AC Milan striker Giroud tests positive for Covid-19

The World Cup-winning France international striker has not been in contact with any other member of the Rossoneri squad AC Milan have revealed Olivier Giroud has tested positive for Covid-19, with the former Arsenal and Chelsea striker now in self-isolation. The World Cup-winning frontman is a new arrival following a summer switch to San Siro from Stamford Bridge. Early progress is about to be stunted, with the 34-year-old being forced onto the sidelines.
Chelsea confirm Tuchel has sent two top midfielders from Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea confirm Tuchel has sent two top midfielders from Stamford Bridge

Two top midfielder, Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko have left Chelsea. The Blues confirmed loan deals for both midfield stars ahead of the transfer deadline as they will play for different clubs next season. French man, Bakayoko joined the Blues from Monaco in the summer of 2017 for a fee of £40m after helping the French side win the Ligue 1 title. Chelsea said in a statement that, “Tiemoue Bakayoko will spend this season back in Serie A after joining AC Milan on a two-year loan. “The midfielder returns to the San Siro for a second spell with Milan until 2023, having previously represented the club during the 2018/19 campaign, and knows the league well after also spending last season at Napoli. “In Italy, Bakayoko will be a team-mate of former Blues Fik...
Giroud scores four minutes into AC Milan debut following €2m transfer from Chelsea
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Giroud scores four minutes into AC Milan debut following €2m transfer from Chelsea

  The Frenchman didn't take long to make his mark in his first outing for the Italian giants against Nice Olivier Giroud scored four minutes into his Milan debut following his €2 million switch from Chelsea earlier this summer. Giroud signed a two-season contract with the Rossoneri upon his arrival at San Siro earlier this month, bringing to an end his four-year spell at Chelsea. The 34-year-old was handed his first appearance for Stefano Pioli's side in a pre-season friendly against Nice on Saturday, and didn't take long to make his mark.
Timo Werner ready to dump Chelsea if new striker comes
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Timo Werner ready to dump Chelsea if new striker comes

  Chelsea striker, Timo Werner, is looking to quit the club after only one season at Stamford Bridge, 90min reports. Werner joined from RB Leipzig last summer for £53m, but finished his debut Premier League campaign with just six goals. Despite playing a key role as the Blues lift the Champions League trophy in May, the 25-year-old would be happy to move on if Chelsea bring in another striker this summer. This summer could see the Blues revamp their striker options before their first full season under head coach Thomas Tuchel. Olivier Giroud has already left to join AC Milan for £1m, while Tammy Abraham is not fancied by Tuchel. Abraham has virtually been exiled by the club since February, with the young forward linked with a move to Arsenal. He was also reported...
Chelsea Ready to sell Timo Werner after Giroud’s exit
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Chelsea Ready to sell Timo Werner after Giroud’s exit

  Chelsea is ready to sell Timo Werner this summer, according to Sky Germany. The Blues have been touting the 25-year-old to top European clubs, in a bid to find a potential suitor. Should Werner leave, Chelsea is planning to use the money to fund their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland. Chelsea will need to stump up to £150 million for Haaland. Haaland has scored 57 goals in 59 games since arriving at Dortmund 18 months ago. New Blues boss, Thomas Tuchel, is looking to bolster his attack ahead of his first full season in charge. Tuchel had to endure the patchy form of Timo Werner in his first six months, having frozen Tammy Abraham out of his team. The Blues have already sold Olivier Giroud to AC Milan.
Giroud breaks silence after leaving Chelsea
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Giroud breaks silence after leaving Chelsea

  Olivier Giroud on Friday, confirmed his Chelsea exit in an emotional farewell message to the club and its supporters. The Blues have agreed a deal with AC Milan for Giroud. And the France striker is already in Milan, where he will undergo medicals before signing a two-year deal. Chelsea will get a transfer fee of around £2million for the 34-year-old. Giroud agrees deal to leave Chelsea Although AC Milan are yet to confirm the deal, Giroud wrote on social media: “To all the Blues, to my teammates, to all my coaches, to the whole club, a huge thank you for these special moments. “I’m starting a new journey with a light and happy heart. “Our victories in the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League have been magnificent. Love Oli G.”
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud arrives in Italy ahead of £1m move to AC Milan
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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud arrives in Italy ahead of £1m move to AC Milan

Olivier Giroud has touched down in Italy for his AC Milan medical ahead of joining the Serie A giants from Chelsea in a £1million deal. The France international forward was pictured on Thursday afternoon arriving at the Linate airport in Milan after being flown from Grenoble on a private jet.     Giroud, who was seen wearing a mask with the AC Milan badge on it, waved to the cameras and posed for photographs before he left the airport in a 4x4 BMW by a club associate.   The former Arsenal striker will undergo his medical at Milan's training base on Friday before putting pen to paper on a two-year contract worth £3million a season.     Reports in Italy claim his deal will include an option for a further deal and expect Giroud to be...
Chelsea striker Giroud set for AC Milan move, Maldini confirms
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Chelsea striker Giroud set for AC Milan move, Maldini confirms

The director is confident the 34-year-old will add some much-needed experience to their young squad AC Milan technical director Paulo Maldini has confirmed Olivier Giroud will complete a move to the club on Thursday. The Serie A side reached an agreement with Chelsea over a €2 million deal for the French striker last week. The 34-year-old will travel to Milan to undergo a medical and will be confirmed as the San Siro side's latest signing.
Details of Giroud’s contract with AC Milan revealed as striker undergo medical
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Details of Giroud’s contract with AC Milan revealed as striker undergo medical

Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud, will undergo his AC Milan medical on Monday after details of his contract surfaced, Gazzetta reports. Giroud has agreed on a two-year deal, with an option for a third, with AC Milan. The French forward will earn €3m-a-year, after tax, plus bonuses. The extension of Giroud’s AC Milan contract until 2024 is expected to be automatic, as long as things go well during his first two years at San Siro. Recall that Giroud’s contract at Stamford Bridge was due to expire at the end of this month. But Chelsea triggered an option to extend Giroud’s deal for another year.
AC Milan make final push to complete Giroud move
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AC Milan make final push to complete Giroud move

The France international is keen on a move to San Siro, while Tiemoue Bakayoko is also being lined up by the Serie A giants AC Milan are pushing to complete a move for Olivier Giroud as they continue talks with Chelsea over a deal for the wantaway striker. The 34-year-old saw the Blues trigger an option that extended his contract by a further year, ending Milan's hopes of signing him on a free transfer. However, despite other interest from elsewhere, Giroud has continued pushing for the move that has seen talks ongoing for the last two months.
Giroud Agrees Deal to Leave Chelsea
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Giroud Agrees Deal to Leave Chelsea

  Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud, has agreed on a deal to sign for AC Milan, according to Sky Italia. The 34-year-old’s contract at Stamford Bridge was due to expire at the end of this month. But the Blues triggered an option to extend Giroud’s deal for another year. However, the Champions League winners are still open to selling Giroud this summer and AC Milan are believed to be leading the race. Giroud has now agreed a two-year contract with AC Milan worth €3.5 million (£3m) a year plus bonuses. The two clubs are however yet to settle on a fee, but the player is hoping Chelsea will allow him to leave on a free transfer.
France vs Germany: Play dirty against Giroud, Mbappe, Benzema, Griezmann – Rudiger tells teammates
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France vs Germany: Play dirty against Giroud, Mbappe, Benzema, Griezmann – Rudiger tells teammates

Germany defender, Antonio Rudiger, has urged his teammates to play a little dirty football against France forwards when both countries meet on Tuesday night in their Euro 2020 opener at Allianz Arena. France boasts a number of good forwards, including Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema, Antoine Greizmann and Olivier Giroud. Didier Deschamps’s side are in a tough group with Germany, Portugal and Hungary. “Of course, they [France] have good forwards [Mbappe, Benzema, Griezmann and Giroud], we have to be ready to win the one-on-one challenges,” Rudiger said at a pre-match press conference ahead of the game. “We have to be a little dirty, not always be nice or try to play nice football. “Against players like them, you have to throw down a marker.” The kick-off time for France v...
‘France have seven musketeers in attack’ – Papin thrilled by forward talent and return of ‘wild card’ Benzema
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‘France have seven musketeers in attack’ – Papin thrilled by forward talent and return of ‘wild card’ Benzema

The former Les Bleus striker thinks Didier Deschamps' side have the "firepower" to go all the way at Euro 2020 France have "seven musketeers in attack", according to Jean-Pierre Papin, who has expressed his excitement over the forward talent in his country's ranks and the return of "wild card" Karim Benzema. Les Bleus are being billed as the favourites to win Euro 2020, with Didier Deschamps having named a star-studded squad for the tournament as they seek to go one better than their final appearance five years ago. Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Kingsley Coman, Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele, Wissam Ben Yedder and Karim Benzema all made the final cut, with Papin left in awe by the attacking riches at Deschamps' disposal.
Benzema declares himself 100 per cent fit for France’s Euro 2020 campaign after injury scare
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Benzema declares himself 100 per cent fit for France’s Euro 2020 campaign after injury scare

The Real Madrid striker has confirmed that he is back in full training with Les Bleus after recovering from a slight knock Karim Benzema has declared himself 100 per cent fit for France's Euro 2020 campaign after shaking off an injury scare. Benzema was called up to the France squad for the first time in six years ahead of their latest international tournament, but left head coach Didier Deschamps sweating on his fitness after limping out of their final warm-up game against Bulgaria. The 33-year-old was replaced by Olivier Giroud in the 41st minute of the 3-0 victory after going down under a challenge from opposition defender Ivan Turitsov, leading to question marks over his participation in France's Group F opener against Germany.
Mbappe Opens up on ‘Fight’ with Chelsea Striker, Giroud
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Mbappe Opens up on ‘Fight’ with Chelsea Striker, Giroud

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, has finally played down his ‘fight’ with Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud, ahead of France’s Euro 2020 opener against Germany on Tuesday. Recall that Mbappe felt ‘attacked’ and ‘angry’ following Giroud’s comments that he was unhappy with France’s lack of cohesion in attack after France won Bulgaria 3-0 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game last Tuesday. Reacting to the development, Mbappe, a fellow country teammate with Giroud, insisted that he was not happy with the 34-year-old’s public criticism. “I spoke with Olivier Giroud. Everyone knows what happened. It is true that I was a little affected by it,” Mbappe said at a press conference on Sunday. “But we are not going to make a big deal about it because we are here to represent F...
Euro 2020: Tension in France Camp as Mbappe ‘Rejects’ Giroud’s Apology
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Euro 2020: Tension in France Camp as Mbappe ‘Rejects’ Giroud’s Apology

  Kylian Mbappe has rejected an apology from his France teammate, Olivier Giroud, over remarks he made after their 3-0 win over Bulgaria on Tuesday. This has led to tension in the camp of the world champions, as they seek success in Euro 2020. Giroud came off the bench in the second half to score twice against the Bulgarians. After the game, the Chelsea striker said: “‘Sometimes you make the runs and the ball is not arriving. Perhaps we could have found each other better, there it is.” Mbappe was furious by his comments and even asked coach Didier Deschamps if he could call a press conference to give his side of the story, as he felt they were directed at him. RMC Sport reports Deschamps rejected his request, but the issue appears to have deepened. Giroud has ...
Mbappe vs Giroud: Pogba Clears air on ‘rift’ Between France Teammates
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Mbappe vs Giroud: Pogba Clears air on ‘rift’ Between France Teammates

France midfielder, Paul Pogba, has cleared the air on a ‘rift’ between teammates, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud. Recall that Mbappe felt ‘attacked’ and ‘angry’ following Giroud’s comments that he was unhappy with France’s lack of cohesion in attack after Didier Deschamps’s side defeated Bulgaria 3-0 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game on Tuesday evening. Reacting to the development, Pogba insisted that there is a ‘great atmosphere’ in the French camp ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign. Asked whether there has been any tension or rift between Giroud and Mbappe, Pogba told a pre-match press conference ahead of the Euro 2020 campaign: “No, the only tension is on the back and legs! “There is always a great atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothi...
France striker Giroud complains of lack of service despite two-goal show
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France striker Giroud complains of lack of service despite two-goal show

The Chelsea man appeared to call out Kylian Mbappe for being too selfish as Les Bleus recorded a win in their final warm-up match for the Euros Olivier Giroud has complained of a lack of service from his team-mates despite scoring two goals in France's 3-0 win over Bulgaria on Wednesday evening. With Karim Benzema having been forced off late in the first period due to taking a knock in the thigh, fellow striker Giroud found the net twice in the second half to seal victory in their final friendly before the Euros. Still, Giroud feels that he could have had more than just a double on the night had his compatriots made better, more efficient decisions in attacking phases.
Euro 2020: Mbappe ‘Angry’ With Chelsea striker, Giroud’s Comments
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Euro 2020: Mbappe ‘Angry’ With Chelsea striker, Giroud’s Comments

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, is angry with Olivier Giroud after the Chelsea striker complained about the lack of service from his France teammates, L’Equipe reports. Mbappe felt ‘attacked’ and ‘angry’ following Giroud’s comments that he was unhappy with France’s lack of cohesion in attack after the World Cup champions defeated Bulgaria 3-0 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game on Tuesday evening. Recall that France defeated Bulgaria 3-0 at Stade de France, thanks to a brace from Giroud and a strike from Antoine Griezmann. “I was a little quiet because, sometimes, I make runs and the balls aren’t forthcoming,” Giroud had said after the game at his post-match press conference. “I am not saying that I always make the best runs, but I am seeking to offer solution...
Real Madrid striker Benzema hands France injury scare
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Real Madrid striker Benzema hands France injury scare

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has handed France an injury scare during their friendly against Bulgaria. Benzema was forced off after 39 minutes. Benzema had a painful collision with Ivan Turitsov as he looked to direct a shot on goal, leaving the Real Madrid striker clutching his right knee. He asked to be substituted, before being replaced by Olivier Giroud. The injury is a blow with France's Euro 2020 campaign just around the corner. However it did not look serious, on a night where Benzema started well and linked up brilliantly with Kylian Mbappe before having to come off.    
Chelsea veteran Giroud bags brace in France victory over Bulgaria
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Chelsea veteran Giroud bags brace in France victory over Bulgaria

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud scored a double as France claimed a 3-0 win over Bulgaria in their final Euro 2020 warm-up match. The reigning world champions fielded a strong team with Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann in attack. Barcelona star Griezmann broke the deadlock with an acrobatic bicycle kick with 29 minutes on the clock. Giroud came off the bench to score a clinical strike before sealing a brace seven minutes later. Les Bleus open their Group F campaign at Euro 2020 on Tuesday, 15 June with an exciting tie against Germany.
AC Milan Eye Three Chelsea Players
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AC Milan Eye Three Chelsea Players

AC Milan are preparing a triple transfer raid on Chelsea ahead of next season, by signing Olivier Giroud, Hakim Ziyech and Fikayo Tomori, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. Although the Serie A club finished trophyless last season, they qualified for the Champions League for the first time since 2013/2014. They are now planning to bolster their playing squad ahead of their participation in Europe’s top club competition. Out of those three bids, Tomori would be the easiest to wrap up, as the defender enjoyed a successful loan spell with the Rossoneri, having joined in the January transfer window. Milan have the option to buy him for £25million and that looks likely to now be a formality. Ziyech was one of Chelsea’s major signings last summer but the Moroccan has endured a...
I’ll take AC Milan Offer as Extra Motivation – Chelsea’s Giroud Replies Ibrahimovic
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I’ll take AC Milan Offer as Extra Motivation – Chelsea’s Giroud Replies Ibrahimovic

  Chelsea forward, Olivier Giroud, has replied to AC Milan striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, after the Sweden international welcomed him to join the Italian Serie A giants. Giroud said he would take Ibrahimovic’s desire for him to join AC Milan as extra motivation. The Frenchman, who on Friday extended his contract at Chelsea, said Milan would certainly be an option when he decides to leave the Blues in the future. Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud’s new club revealed “Ibrahimovic wants me at AC Milan? It is always a pleasure to hear Zlatan say this kind of thing, I will take it as extra motivation,” Giroud told RMC Sport. “My future? I don’t want to talk about it, Milan is certainly an option among other ones.” Recall that Ibrahimovic had urged Giroud to join AC Milan i...
Why we Extended Giroud, Silva’s Contracts – Chelsea
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Why we Extended Giroud, Silva’s Contracts – Chelsea

  Chelsea has explained why the club extended the contracts of Olivier Giroud and Thiago Silva. The reigning Champions League winners extended both Giroud and Silva’s contracts by a year on Friday. Giroud’s current deal was due to expire at the end of this campaign, but an extension means the Frenchman’s three-and-a-half-year stay at Stamford continues for another year. Chelsea also exercised an option to extend Silva’s contract by one year, taking his time at the west London club into a second season. Explaining why Chelsea extended both players’ contracts, the club’s Director, Marina Granovskaia, told Chelsea’s website: “Olivier has been such a crucial part of so many big moments for this club, from his contribution to our FA Cup victory in 2018 to scoring 11 goal...
Giroud Welcome to Join me at AC Milan – Ibrahimovic
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Giroud Welcome to Join me at AC Milan – Ibrahimovic

  AC Milan striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has welcomed Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud to San Siro. Giroud is set to leave Chelsea at the end of this month when his contract expires. AC Milan is among the top European clubs who have registered their interest in signing the France international from Chelsea. Inter Milan and AS Roma have also been linked with a move to sign Giroud in this summer transfer window. But Ibrahimovic, who returned to Milan in 2019, is keen to see the Serie A giants complete a deal for the 34-year-old this summer. “The more high-level players we can sign, the better,” Ibrahimovic told Gazzetta dello Sport. “Giroud has great experience and we don’t have many players who have won trophies. “If he comes, he’s welcome. Also, because this is a ve...
Chelsea to Sell 10 Players [Full list]
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Chelsea to Sell 10 Players [Full list]

  Chelsea defender, Kurt Zouma, is among ten players up for sale at Stamford Bridge this summer transfer window, The Athletic reports Other players up for sale are Fikayo Tomori, Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham. The rest of the players on the list are Ross Barkley, Emerson Palmieri, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater, Davide Zappacosta and Michy Batshuayi. Chelsea are keen to sell the players this summer in a bid to raise funds for their manager, Thomas Tuchel, to sign new players. Tuchel led Chelsea to secure their second Champions League title last Saturday night thanks to a 1-0 victory over Premier League champions Manchester City. The German has already shortlisted the names of six players he wants the club to sign this summer. The former PSG manager also...
Chelsea Ready To Sell Abraham For £40m To Fund Haaland Transfer
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Chelsea Ready To Sell Abraham For £40m To Fund Haaland Transfer

Chelsea are reportedly ready to sell Tammy Abraham for £40million as Thomas Tuchel looks to fund a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland. According to The Telegraph Haaland is top of Tuchel’s shopping list this summer. But the 20-year-old could cost upwards of £100million after netting 53 goals in just 56 games. And Chelsea need to free up space in their squad, as well as the wage budget, to get a deal over the line. It’s believed academy star Abraham, 23, will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge for around £40m. West Ham are known to be keen on the England international, who has 30 goals in 81 games for the Blues. Abraham has fallen way down the pecking order since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January. And he is set to be joined out the door by fel...
Tuchel Explains why he Substituted Havertz, Werner against Porto
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Tuchel Explains why he Substituted Havertz, Werner against Porto

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has given reasons he took off Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, during their 2-0 win at FC Porto in the Champions League quarter-final. The Blues returned home with a commanding lead from the first leg of the game. Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell got the goals, while it was another miserable outing for Werner and Havertz. Werner was replaced by Olivier Giroud and Havertz by Christian Pulisic. “At the time I accepted that it was a tough match for Timo and Kai today, they didn’t have their best day. “We did not deliver so good, so the connection between the seven and the front three wasn’t there. The balls we delivered weren’t the best balls. “Also, I could feel that our two German players, Kai and Timo, didn’t play at their highest level so I wa...
Chelsea Striker, Olivier Giroud’s new Club Revealed
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Chelsea Striker, Olivier Giroud’s new Club Revealed

  Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud’s possible new club has been revealed. Giroud is expected to leave Chelsea this summer once his current deal expires at the end of the season. The France international has already told the Blues hierarchy that he won’t renew his deal. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Giroud’s representatives have held talks with AS Roma over a possible transfer this summer. Roma are now reportedly ‘assessing’ the possibility of having the 34-year-old World Cup winner in their squad next season. Giroud joined Chelsea from Arsenal in 2018. Meanwhile, Chelsea have been linked with several strikers, Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku as a possible replacement for Giroud.
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Llorente Issues Warning to Tuchel’s Men
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Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Llorente Issues Warning to Tuchel’s Men

  Atletico Madrid striker, Marcos Llorente, has warned Chelsea that the LaLiga leaders will be looking to evoke the strength of Anfield at Stamford Bridge when both teams clash in the Champions League round of 16, second-leg tie on Wednesday night. Chelsea defeated Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the first-leg in Bucharest last month, thanks to Olivier Giroud’s stunning goal. But Diego Simeone’s men are more than familiar with coming from behind, stunning Liverpool last season in the Champions League round 16 second-leg fixture after going behind at Anfield in extra time, despite taking a one-goal lead from the first-leg. On that evening, Atletico scored three goals in extra-time to progress to the last-8, and the scorer of two of those goals, Llorente, believes his side will d...
Chelsea Will not Win Title With Giroud, Abraham as their Two Centre Forwards – Paul Merson
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Chelsea Will not Win Title With Giroud, Abraham as their Two Centre Forwards – Paul Merson

  Chelsea will not win the English Premier League title with Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham as their two centre forwards. This claim was made by Arsenal hero, Paul Merson. Merson said this ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League home clash against Manchester United on Sunday evening at Stamford Bridge. “I have said all along that Chelsea are set up for three at the back. But it’s going to take a bit of time to get it right,” Merson wrote in his column for Daily Star. “And they are not going to win the league with Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham as their two centre forwards.” Chelsea are currently in the fifth position on the EPL log with 43 points after 25 games. The Blues have not lost a game since Thomas Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard last January. They...
What We Will do Against Chelsea in Second Leg – Simeone
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What We Will do Against Chelsea in Second Leg – Simeone

  Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has said they will have a lot of work to do ahead of their second leg clash with Chelsea in the Champions League. The LaLiga side lost 1-0 to Thomas Tuchel’s side on Tuesday night. Olivier Giroud scored the only goal of the match in the second half. As a result, Simeone’s side will have it all to do at Stamford Bridge in three weeks, as they seek to qualify for the quarter-final. “Looking three weeks ahead is too far. We have a lot of games until then. We will be playing against an opponent with speed and will need to be able to stop it, to deal with forwards like Giroud and other powerful players. “We need to have more of the ball and position ourselves better in attack. We’ll work on it, but we also have an important ga...
Acrobatic Giroud Gives Chelsea Advantage Over Atletico Madrid
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Acrobatic Giroud Gives Chelsea Advantage Over Atletico Madrid

Olivier Giroud's magnificent bicycle kick broke Atletico Madrid's resistance and earned Chelsea a crucial away goal on Tuesday, a 1-0 victory giving Thomas Tuchel's side a slender advantage in the Champions League last 16. Giroud's acrobatic strike was initially ruled out for offside but stood after VAR showed Mario Hermoso had got the final touch, delivering a huge blow to Atletico's hopes of reaching the quarterfinals. "I didn't know what to think about the goal, I just focused on hitting the ball," said Giroud. "I love an overhead kick and I was just pleased to see the ball hit the back of the net. I had no clue about being offside or not." Diego Simeone's side had put on a typically disciplined defensive performance until that point but Giroud's moment of genius me...
Southampton vs Chelsea: Tuchel Makes Promise to Christian Pulisic head of EPL clash
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Southampton vs Chelsea: Tuchel Makes Promise to Christian Pulisic head of EPL clash

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has promised winger, Christian Pulisic, that he will have an “important impact” on his squad ahead of their Premier League clash with Southampton on Saturday. Tuchel left Pulisic on the bench for Chelsea’s 2-0 victory against Newcastle United in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Monday night. Pulisic, who played under Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund, is yet to start a Premier League match since the former Paris Saint-Germain coach replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager in January 2021. The 22-year-old was handed his first start in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Barnsley in the FA Cup fifth-round fixture last weekend but he was back on the bench against Newcastle as two goals from Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner gave Tuchel’s men all three points a...
Kepa vs Mendy: Jamie Carragher Names Chelsea’s Better Goalkeeper
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Kepa vs Mendy: Jamie Carragher Names Chelsea’s Better Goalkeeper

Former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher, has identified Edouard Mendy as a better goalkeeper for Chelsea ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga. Carragher disclosed this on Monday as Kepa started ahead of Mendy in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory against Newcastle United in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge. Kepa, who Chelsea signed for £72million in 2018 from Athletic Bilbao, has played second fiddle to the Blues’ summer signing, Mendy, for much of the season. However, Tuchel handed Kepa his first Premier League start since last October on Monday night as Chelsea defeated Newcastle at home, thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner. Comparing both goalkeepers, Carragher told Sky Sports: “Mendy is a better goalkeeper – we have seen that since he came in – but he’s not as good wit...
Thomas Tuchel Discloses Chelsea’s Target this Season
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Thomas Tuchel Discloses Chelsea’s Target this Season

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has disclosed that the club’s target is to finish in the top four positions on the Premier League table this season. Tuchel made this known following Chelsea’s Premier League 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Monday night at Stamford Bridge, thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner. Tuchel’s men are now in the 4th position on the Premier League table with 42 points after beating Newcastle. “Top four is the target and stays the target There are many teams behind us chasing,” Tuchel told a post-match press conference. “We had many points to recover, and it stays a big challenge because many games are coming. “We’re going to play teams from the top and bottom, every game is difficult, and we will keep fighting.” Chelse...
EPL table: Werner Scores as Chelsea climb into fourth place after Newcastle win
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EPL table: Werner Scores as Chelsea climb into fourth place after Newcastle win

  Chelsea defeated Newcastle United 2-0 on Monday night, to move up to fourth position on the Premier League table. It was the Blues’ fourth league victory in a row under its new manager, Thomas Tuchel. Olivier Giroud put Chelsea 1-0 with a simple finish from inside the box. Timo Werner then ended his goal drought which lasted 100 days, as Tuchel’s men won comfortably at Stamford Bridge. Werner had replaced Tammy Abraham who was injured early in the game. Tuchel gave out-of-favour goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga his first league start since mid-October and the Spaniard saved well from a Joe Willock header in the 75th minute. However, he had little to do as Chelsea kept their fourth clean sheet in five league games under Tuchel.
Southampton vs Chelsea: Tuchel Provides Fresh Injury Update on Tammy Abraham
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Southampton vs Chelsea: Tuchel Provides Fresh Injury Update on Tammy Abraham

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has provided the latest injury update on striker, Tammy Abraham, ahead of his side’s away Premier League clash with Southampton on Saturday. Abraham hobbled off the pitch during Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Monday at Stamford Bridge. The 23-year-old was replaced by Olivier Giroud after 20 minutes following a challenge from Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles. Providing an update on Abraham, Tuchel said at a post-match press conference: “It’s serious enough he had to go. “We worry about him, and hopefully he will not miss too many matches.” The win over Newcastle means Chelsea are now in the fourth position on the log with 42 points from 24 games.
Chelsea vs Newcastle: We Need ‘Strong’ Kepa in our Squad –Thomas Tuchel
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Chelsea vs Newcastle: We Need ‘Strong’ Kepa in our Squad –Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has insisted that the club needs a ‘strong’ Kepa Arrizabalaga, in his squad. Tuchel said this while explaining why he featured Kepa ahead of Edouard Mendy in the Blues’ Premier League clash against Newcastle United on Monday night. Tuchel said Kepa had a good game in Chelsea’s FA Cup 1-0 victory over Barnsley last Thursday. Two goals from Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner gave Tuchel’s men all three points against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. “We need a strong Kepa in our squad,” Tuchel told reporters. “He had a good game in the cup, so we decided to give him another match to build up a little bit of rhythm and confidence and to trust him because he did very good.” “At the same time, it gives Edouard the chance to mentally recover.” Chels...
Champions League Squad Ahead of Atletico Madrid tie [Full list]
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Champions League Squad Ahead of Atletico Madrid tie [Full list]

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has released a 25-man list for the Champions League knockout stages. The west London Blues face LaLiga giants, Atletico Madrid in the knockout stages of the competition after finishing top of their group. The first leg takes place on February 23, in Madrid while the second leg comes up in Stamford Bridge on March 17 Two names have been removed from the first being Fikayo Tomori who joined AC Milan on loan and Ian Maatsen after his loan move to Charlton Athletic. Young duo, Nigerian-born Tino Anjorin, and Henry Lawrence have made the knockout squad. The list also has Billy Gilmour, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount all included on List B. Here is the confirmed squad list in full: List A: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso,...
‘It’s amazing what 2,000 fans can do!’ – Lampard praises Chelsea crowd in Leeds win
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‘It’s amazing what 2,000 fans can do!’ – Lampard praises Chelsea crowd in Leeds win

The Blues boss was delighted to see his side come from behind to seal the three points at Stamford Bridge Chelsea coach Frank Lampard says his side's work on set-pieces and the return of fans to Stamford Bridge played key roles in his side's 3-1 win against Leeds on Saturday. Spectators were present to see the Blues in action for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic forced the Premier League's suspension in March and resulted in games being played behind closed doors. Chelsea had a rough start when Patrick Bamford gave Leeds the advantage, but Olivier Giroud pulled the hosts level before the half-hour mark.
Chelsea 3-1 Leeds United: Giroud and Zouma lead Blues to Premier League summit
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Chelsea 3-1 Leeds United: Giroud and Zouma lead Blues to Premier League summit

Chelsea battled back to claim a 3-1 win over Leeds United that takes them top of the Premier League. Olivier Giroud's hot goalscoring form continued as Chelsea came from behind to claim a 3-1 win over Leeds United in the Premier League on Saturday, sending the Blues top. Former Chelsea player Patrick Bamford put Leeds ahead with their first shot of the game as Chelsea were punished on the counterattack. Giroud, who scored all four of Chelsea's goals in a Champions League win over Sevilla during the week, equalised just before the half-hour with an instinctive close-range finish.
Lampard considering Giroud for Leeds clash after Sevilla masterclass
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Lampard considering Giroud for Leeds clash after Sevilla masterclass

Frank Lampard said Olivier Giroud makes Chelsea a better team after he scored all four goals in their 4-0 victory over Sevilla. Olivier Giroud staked his claim for a regular place in Chelsea's starting line-up after scoring four goals against Sevilla, according to the last player to net four in a game for the Blues, head coach Frank Lampard. Giroud scored with his left foot, right foot, his head, and netted a penalty at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as the 34-year-old became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the modern Champions League and the first Chelsea player to hit four since Lampard did so against Aston Villa in 2010. His performance, which followed another match-winning appearance in Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Rennes a week earlier, left Lampard unable to deny that the W...
Giroud Scores 4 Goals As Chelsea Beat Sevilla To Finish Top Of Their UCL Group Match
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Giroud Scores 4 Goals As Chelsea Beat Sevilla To Finish Top Of Their UCL Group Match

Olivier Giroud scored all four goals in a comprehensive Chelsea victory over Sevilla that ensures the Blues take top spot in Champions League Group E. The Frenchman scored early in each half with two delightful finishes after being fed by clever passes from Kai Havertz and Matteo Kovacic respectively. He completed the treble with a flicked near-post header, then converted a penalty after he was bundled over in the box. Already assured of qualification for the last 16, Chelsea made nine changes to the team that drew 0-0 with Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday. Both Havertz and Christian Pulisic made their first Blues starts since October following illness and injury, while 19-year-old midfielder Billy Gilmour came off the bench for his first appearance of the season. ...
Twitter Erupts As Chelsea Advances To UCL Knockout Stage
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Twitter Erupts As Chelsea Advances To UCL Knockout Stage

Premier League side, Chelsea FC have qualified for the UEFA Champions League knock out stage after beating Rennes 2 - 1. Goals from Callum Hudson-Odoi and Olivier Giroud helped seal the deal for The Blues. The London club has their qualification though having two matches left of the group stage. This could definitely look like a rampage and a wake-up call for every other from Chelsea you never can tell. Timo Werner got close early in the game but failed to convert from merely five yards. Twitter has been on a roll after the game. check below FT: Rennes 1-2 Chelsea Olivier Giroud sends Chelsea to the Champions League knockout stages 🤩#UCL pic.twitter.com/8LSdmn8FH4 — Goal (@goal) November 24, 2020 We left it late, but it's THREE points in the #UCL secured.....
Giroud’s hot streak against Villa continues as Chelsea win on Premier League return
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Giroud’s hot streak against Villa continues as Chelsea win on Premier League return

The Frenchman netted an all-important winner against Dean Smith's side to ensure the Blues tighten their hold on fourth place Olivier Giroud's hot streak against Aston Villa continued as Chelsea secured a win on their return to Premier League action. The Blues picked up their first away victory of 2020 by beating Villa 2-1 in their own backyard on Saturday afternoon. Frank Lampard's side moved to within three points of third-placed Leicester City as a result, while opening up a five-point lead over Champions League qualification rivals Manchester United.
Chelsea take control of top-four race as Pulisic kickstarts crucial Villa comeback
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Chelsea take control of top-four race as Pulisic kickstarts crucial Villa comeback

Frank Lampard's side are now five points clear of fifth-place in the Premier League after coming from behind to beat Aston Villa Over the past week, all most Chelsea fans have been talking about are next season and how new £47.5 million ($59m) signing Timo Werner will fit in Stamford Bridge alongside fellow new-boy Hakim Ziyech. But on their return to action against Aston Villa after 105 days since their last competitive action, it was the club's most recent big-money signing who kickstarted a comeback that puts the Blues well in control of the race to finish in the Premier League's top-four. Christian Pulisic's close-range finish on the hour was followed two minutes later by Olivier Giroud finding the net as Frank Lampard's side recovered from falling behind against the run of play...
Lampard Reveals why he Benched Tammy Abraham for 2-1 Win at Aston Villa
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Lampard Reveals why he Benched Tammy Abraham for 2-1 Win at Aston Villa

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has said he left Tammy Abraham on the bench for their 2-1 win at Aston Villa because he is trying to manage his squad efficiently. Abraham and Christian Pulisic were substituted for the Blues’ first game back after the COVID-19 break. Lampard opted to start with Willian and Olivier Giroud in attack, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek also made a return from his long-term injury. “It’s very important to let the players know that this is more than ever a squad game over this period. “Certainly nobody should get their head down at not starting. We’re going to have to make subs and we’re going to need impact off the bench,” Lampard told Sky Sports. Pulisic and Giroud scored for Chelsea, as they fought back from a goal down to...
‘What the f*ck are you going to do in Scotland?’ – Giroud reveals aborted Celtic transfer after Nicollin advice
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‘What the f*ck are you going to do in Scotland?’ – Giroud reveals aborted Celtic transfer after Nicollin advice

The current Chelsea striker had the chance to line up at Parkhead at the start of his career but opted instead for a stint in the French top flight Olivier Giroud has revealed that he was close to sealing a move to Glasgow giants Celtic earlier in his career. Giroud, 33, has spent the bulk of his career at the top level in England's Premier League, enjoying successful spells at Arsenal and now Chelsea. He boasts four FA Cup winner's medals and a Europa League triumph, while also forming a key part of the France team that lifted the World Cup in 2018.
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Why I Signed New Contract with Chelsea – Olivier Giroud

Chelsea star, Olivier Giroud, has said that the effects of the coronavirus pandemic across Europe influenced his decision to sign a new contract extension with the club. Giroud signed a new deal with Chelsea that will keep him at the West London club until the end of the 2020-21 season. The 33-year-old striker also left Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window for Inter Milan, but Chelsea’s failure to find a replacement saw the France international stay for the final six months of his existing deal. “I simply seized my opportunity, and I repaid the faith that the manager, Frank Lampard, had shown in me,” Giroud told Chelsea’s website on Monday night. “That is why the club ultimately offered me the chance to continue my time at Chelsea, and I accepted because I like it...

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