Chelsea strikers were not exactly firing on all cylinders last year, especially in the second half of the season as Chelsea collapsed from a solid top four challenge to a fifth place finish. That trend has carried over to the current season, with Olivier Giroud and Álvaro Morata both struggling to find the back of the net consistently.
But the winds of change are seemingly beginning to blow. Morata has scored in two consecutive matches to triple his goals-total for the season and while Giroud remains without a goal, he is tied for the Premier League lead with four assists. And the team is winning, just like France in Russia, which matters most at the end of the day.
“I did not manage to find the net at the World Cup, but I know what I brought to the team. It was an amazing summer and I think a lot of French people think the same thing.”
“I have never put my personal interest in front of the collective. It shows on the field, the way we defended. We were the team that scored the most goals, alongside 2014 Germany, in the last 20 years.”
Giroud did end his famous goalless spell for France last month, after playing a key role in winning the World Cup without actually scoring, but as he’s said repeatedly, his goals total is not something he’s losing any sleep over.
“Last season I was already competing with Álvaro. I played a lot of matches. This year, it was truncated by the fact that I arrived late. Football is always beginning anew and even if you have some credit, you have to move with the times. That’s what I did and I’m not worried. Chelsea need two attackers to fulfil their goals this season.”
“What Sarri asks of me? A good understanding with his attacking players combined with tactical nous. Be the first to do the pressing, and press high to get the ball in the other half.”
-Olivier Giroud; source: RMC Sport via Goal
This has proven a winning formula thus far, but if Morata can continue to provide solid competition with goals and better play, it might get even better for Chelsea.