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Giroud warning post-Spurs: ‘We cannot carry on like that’

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Chelsea must bounce back immediately, says goalscorer Olivier Giroud who is not down with Saturday’s nonsense from the Blues

OLIVIER GIROUD: POST-MATCH TOTTENHAM INTERVIEW

'We have to stick together and the best answer is to win the next game.' Olivier Giroud

Posted by Chelsea Football Club on Monday, November 26, 2018

Olivier Giroud has seen more than his fair share of embarrassing defeats since moving to England in 2012. It’s presumably one of the reasons he was keen to join Chelsea from Arsenal last January, trading Arsene Wenger’s idealism for the Blues’ pragmatism and modern winning tradition.

A 3-1 defeat to Spurs at Wembley is not part of that script, and even the normally positive striker was visibly downbeat after Saturday’s 90 minutes.

“Yeah, first defeat, but now we can see that there is a gap between Liverpool, City, and the others. Now we’re 6-7 points behind them. We still have 5 months to go, but we need to change as quick as we can because we cannot carry on like that.

“When you are in a tough time like this, that’s when you see the men [separate themselves from the boys].”

Saturday’s match was very much the proverbial men vs. boys affair, as the hosts in the North outworked, outplayed, and out-thought the visitors from the West from minute one to minute ninety. Giroud’s own consolation goal hardly registered as a blip on the radar, even.

“As long as we’re 2-0 down after 15 minutes, it’s quite difficult ... especially an away game, here [at Wembley]. We started the game not on the front foot. There’s nothing [more] to say about it. We lost every duel and the score could’ve been worse for us at half-time.”

So what’s the answer? Giroud obviously had none beyond the usual sports cliches in the moments following the defeat, but as the squad returns to training today (Monday), Sarri will hopefully have a few. The only thing worse than Saturday’s defeat would be a string of defeats or further dropped points.

“We have to bounce back as quick as possible and question ourselves about what we need to change.

“We have to stick together and the best answer is to win the next game.”

-Olivier Giroud; source: Chelsea TV

So say we all.