Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is not worried about Eden Hazard’s exit while also confirming he is happy at the club.
Hazard, who was the Blues’ top scorer last season with 21 goals, moved to Real Madrid last month. But Giroud, who shared a good relationship with Hazard on the pitch, something his now former team-mate spoke about in the past, has not been left fazed by the Belgian’s departure.
“I feel good at Chelsea. A new coach will arrive, the timers reset. We lost our best player, but I do not worry,” the 32-year-old told L’Equipe (via We Ain’t Got No History).
“There have been ups and downs this season with Chelsea. The main thing is to show your determination and your desire not to let go.”
When you look at Hazard’s stats, though, Giroud has probably spoken way too soon. As well as being the Blues’ biggest threat in front of goal, the new Real Madrid player was also their chief creator.
Hazard, of course, won the Premier League’s Playmaker award with his 15 assists and it could have so easily been more had his team-mates been more clinical (Chelsea were the lowest scorers in the top six).
Averaging 2.6 key passes per game, Hazard was a chance creating machine. To put that into perspective, only James Maddison (2.8) made more (as per WhoScored).
Factor in the 3.7 dribbles he made per game, which was more than any other player in the division, and Chelsea really did have the complete attacker in the Belgium captain.
If Chelsea cannot find a way to replace that, then it could be a long season for Giroud and co.
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