Olivier Giroud has revealed what Maurizio Sarri expects from him as the club’s first-choice No. 9.
The France World Cup winner has made seven Premier League starts this season and although he has yet to score he has got four assists to his name and his influence on the team has not gone unnoticed.
Sarri has gone on record saying how important Giroud is for his team-mates, while Eden Hazard has labelled him the world’s best target man after the striker laid on two of Hazard’s hat-trick in the Blues’ 4-1 rout of Cardiff last month.
“Olivier’s a target man, maybe the best in the world; I think so,” said Hazard.
“When he gets the ball he can hold the ball and we can go in deep with him, so for us it’s a pleasure to play with him.
In an interview with RMC Sport in France, Giroud said he feels no pressure despite not scoring, but more interestingly he revealed what Sarri expects of him at Stamford Bridge.
“Last season I was already competing with Alvaro,” said Giroud. “I played a lot of matches. This year, it was truncated by the fact that I arrived late.
“Football is an eternal start 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.”