Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has hailed Olivier Giroud’s impact since signing from Arsenal in the January transfer window.
The Frenchman scored as Conte’s men beat Southampton in their FA Cup semi-final against Southampton to set up a final against Manchester United.
The Blues couldn’t break the deadlock in the first half but goals from Giroud and Alvaro Morata after the break secured their passage to the final.
“I think for sure it has been a good signing for us,” Conte told reporters. “As you know very well I needed a player with this characteristic, strong physically and hold the ball up and make the number 10 with combinations.
“Morata is an important striker for us. I am pleased for both because in the last game we started with both players. I am pleased to see them, I have another option, a card in my hand.
“I started with Olivier because I knew he was playing with three centre-backs. Morata and Pedro’s impact was important, as was Bakayoko.”
On the fans, Conte added: “I think this type of game, the most important thing is to reach your target, reach the final. It is the second in a row. It is important for the players and the club.
“I am delighted for our fans. This season they have showed a great passion and enthusiasm and pushed us in every moment.”