Olivier Giroud admits Chelsea need to see each game until the end of the season as a final in order to capture the top four spot they so covet this season.
It has been generally a disappointing campaign for Antonio Conte and his players, struggling to keep hold of the title they blew opponents away to claim last season, This season has been a totally different story.
From one complain about transfer policy at the club in press conference to player mutiny or feud in the dressing room, Conte is on the edge in games, and seemingly on the edge in in the board room meetings.
His players though are willing to fight until the end, if not for their manager, for their own reputations as champions. A title they won only less than a year, Chelsea are fighting to get into top four positions this season.
Defeats to Watford and Bournemouth made things all the more difficult for Conte who has no more than a eight games to save his side’s season.
Giroud thinks the Blues can achieve the target, but says tehy have to see each game like a final.
“Obviously, we needed the three points. We basically had nine finals to win, we’ve won the first one but now we put the Premier League on the side and we have to focus on Barcelona.”
Olivier Giroud, Evening Standard