The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern have been waxing lyrical over their French striker, Olivier Giroud, as the target-man was on the scoresheet against the Republic of Ireland last night. France were one of a number of international sides who took to the pitch yesterday evening, and on the Chelsea website, there’s a breakdown of how all of the Blues internationals got on for their countries.
@_OlivierGiroud_ scored his 31st goal for France in their 2-0 win over Ireland last night…
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 29 May 2018
Olivier Giroud’s strike five minutes before the switch of ends was a landmark goal for the 31-year-old as he drew level with Zinedine Zidane in Le Bleus all-time goalscoring table with 31 goals. The Chelsea striker now sits behind only Thierry Henry, Michel Platini and David Trezeguet as the countries all-time leading goalscorer, although he’ll be looking to make up the ground on those above him in the World Cup next month.
The striker, who won the Puskas award for the best goal of 2017, joined Chelsea from direct rivals, Arsenal, in January and has been a well-loved figure at Stamford Bridge since making the short trip across London. The Frenchman managed five goals in 17 appearances for Antonio Conte’s side, although a number of those appearances were off the bench as he looked to find his feet early in his Chelsea career.
You can read our Blues’ verdict on Giroud’s performance here:
Better than Messi
— Charly (@Sherm_Dean) May 29, 2018
— Evar Ike (@evaarike) May 29, 2018
— Nana Boateng (@_dadaboat_) May 29, 2018
Giroud > Morata
— OGee_Mattson (@i_am_mattson) May 29, 2018
Great player Giroud.
— Ajah Chigozie (@leitochukwu) May 29, 2018
Come on oliver
More to come bro
— Kizito (@KizitoOkafor4) 29 May 2018
@_OlivierGiroud_ can’t stop performing unbelievable player
— Aspiring David (@david_ezennunu4) 29 May 2018
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Give him the no. 9 shirt
— Allison (@iamdada0) May 29, 2018