Conte praises Giroud performance in Chelsea debut

16 February, 2018, 07:04 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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Speaking after netting twice in Monday's 3-0 win over West Brom at Stamford Bridge, he said: "I enjoyed both goals, especially when we win".

Eden Hazard has heaped praise on Chelsea's new signing Olivier Giroud after he allowed the Belgian global to play his preferred game in the win over West Brom.

"I have to thank the fans because they show me great support because (there are) speculations and rumours about me", Conte said.

Chelsea now sit just two points off second-placed Manchester United and will hope to finish in the top three to avoid having to play a Champions League qualifying round tie next season.

Pardew considered the signing a "coup" - West Brom agreed to pay a £2 million fee as well as the player's wages of £120,000 a week, sources told ESPN FC - after Sturridge made just nine Premier League appearances, with five starts, for Liverpool this season.

Despite all the criticism that the Italian manager has been getting off late, the Italian manager stuck to his choice of adding the 31 year old French global to his squad.

"I think we've drawn more games since the 1st January 2017 than any other team".

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"He needs to improve but to have a point of reference like Olivier is very important".

Blues will be facing Hull City at home on Friday in FA Cup clash as they prepare to host Spanish giants Barcelona in the round 16 first leg encounter.

Kick-off is at 22:00. "I think he played very well with great personality and spirit".

"We must be pleased for Giroud's performance". To know that people appreciate my work here in Chelsea is important.

Terry, who saw Hazard's supreme talent up-close on a daily basis during their time shared at Chelsea, appears to be in awe of the 27-year-old. After Hazard collected Cesc Fabregas' pass on the edge of the penalty area and resisted pressure he found Giroud, who laid the ball off to him in front of goal, from where the Belgian powerfully finished into the bottom left corner.

The striker's link play demonstrated he already has a promising understanding with Hazard, and he said: "It's simple with Hazard because he smells the game, he smells the football. You have to hurt big teams when you have the chances, and we had three of them and didn't take them".



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