Rennes boss Julien Stephan has praised Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, saying his skilled perspective regardless of an absence of normal first-team soccer is an “distinctive” instance for different gamers to comply with.
The 34-year-old has performed extra video games for France than Chelsea this season, with summer season signing Timo Werner pushing him additional down the Stamford Bridge pecking order.
Werner has rapidly established himself as Chelsea’s first-choice striker, whereas Tammy Abraham is at present boss Frank Lampard’s most well-liked back-up.
It means Giroud has been restricted to simply seven appearances for the London membership in all competitions, with September’s Carabao Cup defeat towards Tottenham his solely begin. Most of his different appearances have been fleeting cameos within the closing phases of video games.
That has led to hypothesis linking Giroud with a transfer away from the membership in January, with the previous Arsenal participant longing for common first-team soccer so as to safe his place within the France squad for subsequent summer season’s European Championships.
Responding to these rumours, Lampard stated Giroud is a “large member of the squad” and nonetheless considers him to be a significant a part of his plans going ahead, with talks over his future resulting from happen imminently.
Giroud could possibly be handed a uncommon alternative to impress when Chelsea take on Stephan’s Rennes aspect within the Champions League on Tuesday.
The 40-year-old believes Giroud’s struggles for normal motion highlights the energy in depth Lampard has at his disposal, although he additionally thinks the Blues boss is fortunate to have a participant with such an exemplary perspective sat on the bench.
“Once I was speaking about large gamers within the Chelsea squad who will not be beginning, I used to be considering of him [Giroud] particularly,” he advised reporters.
“It exhibits the wealth of those golf equipment with the choices they will have. Plenty of golf equipment have these robust [selection] points.
“Giroud is an distinctive instance for different gamers by way of perspective. Even when he solely performs for a couple of minutes, he has complete dedication on the pitch.
“This exhibits he’s an elite stage participant, who capable of give their finest no matter their standing.”
Stephan additionally insisted he just isn’t going to panic regardless of Rennes poor latest type, which has seen them lose 5 out of their final six matches in all competitions. They’ve failed to attain in 4 of these, together with Friday’s home defeat by Bordeaux.
The Ligue 1 aspect are additionally backside of their Champions League group and could possibly be eradicated with two video games remaining in the event that they lose to Chelsea.
“We should not panic,” he added. “We’re clearly disillusioned with the outcomes and the efficiency towards Bordeaux.
“We are going to strategy the sport with confidence and dynamism. We’re collectively, united collectively, and with a fierce will, we are going to discover the answer, it’s a certainty.”