Olivier Giroud wouldn’t be drawn on his odds of keeping a spot in Chelsea’s beginning XI after he scored each of the four objectives in a 4-0 Champions League defeat of Sevilla.
Giroud scored with his left foot in the primary half at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan prior to adding further objectives with his privilege and his head just as a punishment to enable the Blues to make sure about the lead position in Group E on Wednesday.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are in action against Leeds United in the Premier League on Saturday but Giroud – who is the second player from France to score four goals in a single Champions League match after Bafetimbi Gomis for Lyon in December 2011 – could yet lose his place to Chelsea’s regular forward Tammy Abraham.
“Let me enjoy the night and that great win and after that we will rest and we will see what the gaffer’s plan is,” France World Cup winner Giroud told BT Sport.
4 – Olivier Giroud is the first Chelsea player to score four goals in a game since Frank Lampard in March 2010 vs Aston Villa, while he’s the first to net four for Chelsea in a European Cup/Champions League game. Incredible. pic.twitter.com/p3k9sdCz9k — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 2, 2020
“When you win 4-0 in a Champions League away game it’s always a great feeling and a good performance from the team. We took the game from the front foot and we were efficient up front, especially for me because I scored four goals.
“I will try to carry on like that to finish the good job of the team. It’s always nice to be in the club history and we play football to mark our history so I’m pleased to help the team to win and to score the four goals.”
Giroud, who scored three goals for Arsenal against Olympiacos in December 2015, is the second player to score a Champions League hat-trick for multiple English sides after Michael Owen (Liverpool and Manchester United).
He is the third player to score a perfect hat-trick (left-foot, right-foot and header) for an English team in the Champions League after Alvaro Negredo and Harry Kane.
Remarking on that accomplishment, Giroud stated: “I didn’t know until two years prior that you considered it an ideal cap stunt, when I scored against Kiev in the Europa League I said ‘I don’t get your meaning?’