Olivier Giroud Relieved To Score His First Chelsea Goal

by Olga Hunt February 18, 2018, 6:06
Olivier Giroud Relieved To Score His First Chelsea Goal

Kevin Stewart squandered possession to Giroud and he found Willian, who evaded the former Liverpool man and curled an unstoppable left-footed effort into the top-left corner from 25 yards.

Pedro scored the second when he slipped the ball under David Marshall after latching onto Cesc Fabregas' excellent halfway line pass. Willian got his second shortly after, before Giroud stabbed home to make it 4-0 at the interval.

At the end of a successful week there is far less tension around his team and the Italian added: "The last two wins were very important for us and our confidence".

Alvaro Morata is another the 48-year-old Conte may previously have considered a likely starter for the last-16 first-leg visit of Barca and, asked about his team's performance, he said: "I'm very happy". Debutant Emerson got into the spoils when he provided the ball for Olivier Giroud to score his first goal for his new club.

What followed was an exhibition of the Brazilian's skills as the tricks and flicks came out, including an accidental elastico through ball for Fabregas. To have a lot of doubts before the Barcelona game is important, because I have different options. Our start was impressive.

He told Rai Sport on the exit speculation and talk of a possible second stint in charge of the Azzurri: "Conte has already been through that experience and prefers to work with the squad on a daily basis".

With Andreas Christensen impressing this season, it was Ethan Ampadu's time to show his defensive capabilities against Hull.

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Chelsea have had precious little fun in 2018, but the good vibes were well and truly back at Stamford Bridge against Hull City.

While the youngster will not feature against Barcelona, unlike Christensen, Chelsea's future looks bright at the back.

Hull missed the chance to gain some consolation after the break when Willy Caballero denied Meyler from the penalty spot. As well as the USA and England, he's also eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland or Italy, so we'll see how that plays out.

But Caballero read the Irishman's shot, saving well - his fifth penalty save from the past eight faced - before holding onto the rebound from Jackson Irvine. The forward easily made it 2-0.

A Premier League title victor during his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge, the 48-year-old has found the going a lot tougher in his second.

Hull City win gave Conte significant boost ahead of Chelsea's big Champions League tie and the manager had his team selection conundrum sorted as he asserted that Alonso's fitness have allowed him more freedom in choosing the team.

In the build-up to the match Hull boss Nigel Adkins will have been instructing his troops to keep it tight from the off.

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