“There is nothing better than scoring goals” – Chelsea striker seems to go back on earlier comments that scoring goals was less important than winning games

Olivier Giroud

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has now scored four goals in his last three appearances for the club in all competitions, and after saying he would sacrifice his goals to win games, the French striker has now reneged on those comments.

Giroud scored two goals for the Blues as they beat PAOK Thessaloniki in the fifth round of the Europa League group stage. After Cesc Fabregas’ long pass found Pedro, the winger controlled well before finding Giroud with a superb pass who then hit a first time shot past the PAOK goalkeeper to open the scoring.

His second was a perfect volley to put Maurizio Sarri’s side two up in the first half. That means he has grabbed four goals in 13 appearances in all competitions this season, to dispel doubts about his quality.

Although admitting it was more important to bounce back with a win after the defeat to Tottenham last weekend, the France international says he feels good getting back to scoring.

“Yes, that was the main target. We needed a strong team reaction and we did that well. I’m really happy with the team cohesion, team spirit and now we can start some new momentum. I’ve scored goals in the past but it’s true that I was waiting for more chances, and a bit more luck, in front of goal.

I’ve been working hard and training for that. I was waiting for an opportunity to score the third one but obviously for a striker it’s massive to score goals. From the beginning of the season I assisted my team-mates a few times, I like to set up goals as well, but there is nothing better than scoring goals for a striker. Now I need to keep going and keep that momentum.”

Olivier Giroud, Chelsea FC