Olivier Giroud wants to be more than Tammy Abraham’s No 2 in Chelsea attack


‘The retirement time has not come’: Olivier Giroud wants to be more than Tammy Abraham’s No 2 in Chelsea attack after slow start to the season

  • Olivier Giroud has played second fiddle to Tammy Abraham at Chelsea
  • The youngster has made his mark with four goals in four Premier League games
  • But France striker Giroud, 32, has largely warmed the bench this season
  • Giroud insists he will fight Abraham for the Chelsea centre-forward position 

Olivier Giroud insists he still has ambitions beyond being Tammy Abraham’s understudy at Chelsea.

The France striker, 32, has started just one of Chelsea’s opening four Premier League matches, watching from the bench as youngster Abraham makes his mark.

Abraham, 21, has scored four goals in four league matches at the start of the campaign to repay manager Frank Lampard‘s faith in him.

Olivier Giroud (right) celebrates scoring in France's 4-1 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Albania

Olivier Giroud (right) celebrates scoring in France’s 4-1 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Albania

The 32-year-old has started the season playing second fiddle to Tammy Abraham at Chelsea

The 32-year-old has started the season playing second fiddle to Tammy Abraham at Chelsea

But Giroud, who scored in France’s 4-1 win over Albania in Euro 2020 qualifying on Saturday night, isn’t prepared to warm the bench regularly.

‘Obviously not, I have goals in my head,’ he told Le Figaro.

‘I’m here to help the new generation, but the retirement time has not come. I’m still hungry and have a lot of ambition.

‘I don’t just want to be Chelsea’s No 2 striker, for sure.

Giroud insists he isn't content to be No 2 striker to Tammy Abraham at Chelsea

Giroud insists he isn’t content to be No 2 striker to Tammy Abraham at Chelsea 

Giroud's only Chelsea goal this season came in the Super Cup match against Liverpool

Giroud’s only Chelsea goal this season came in the Super Cup match against Liverpool

‘Just because I’m here as an older brother for young people, it doesn’t mean I’m out on the sidelines.’

Giroud found the net 13 times for Chelsea last season, with 11 of those coming in their successful Europa League run.

Having beaten Albania, France return to action with a home fixture against Andorra on Tuesday evening. 

 

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