Giroud, the talisman of Seville?

Since his splendid upturned chisel, which had offered the victory to Chelsea against Atlético de Madrid in their round of 16 first leg of the Champions League played in Bucharest on February 23 (0-1), Olivier Giroud has not really been rewarded by Thomas Tuchel. If he had been established again five days later in the draw against Manchester United (0-0), he then spent four consecutive matches on the bench without playing a single minute, against Liverpool, Everton, Leeds, and in the comeback against Atlético.

And after having had the right to one hour of play in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup against Sheffield United, the French striker returned to the sidelines, from which he did not take off, last Saturday against West Brom Albion (2-5), for the German coach’s first defeat since joining the Blues. The second top scorer in the history of the Blues (44 goals), who was able to gain playing time, but without scoring, against Ukraine and Bosnia during the international break, could yet regain a starting place Wednesday in Seville , where Londoners face FC Porto in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League.

Tuchel: “He is very excited to return to Seville”

“He’s up for it, he’s in the squad and he’s very excited to return to Sevilla. It gives him a good feeling.”, declared the former Parisian coach on Tuesday at a press conference. And if Giroud has “a good feeling” in the Andalusian city, where this double confrontation is relocated due to health restrictions, and more particularly at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, it is because he has fond memories of it. Last December, he scored a quadruple on the pitch of Sevilla FC (0-4), showing the full extent of his pallet since he had scored with his left foot, right foot and head, before closing the mark from the penalty spot.

A confirmation that the atmosphere of European evenings is definitely a success for him, he who has scored 17 goals on the continental scene since his arrival at Chelsea in January 2018. Second top scorer in the Champions League with 6 goals, he finished at the top of the ranking of the best directors of the Europa League in 2019 (11 goals), notably opening the scoring in the final won against his former Arsenal teammates (4-1).

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