CHRIS SUTTON: Olivier Giroud was deserves Champions League chance

CHRIS SUTTON: Olivier Giroud was Chelsea’s match winner against Tottenham… now he deserves a Champions League chance in last-16 showdown with Bayern Munich

  • Olivier Giroud showed class is permanent during Chelsea’s win over Tottenham 
  • The Frenchman deserves a shot at the Bayern Munich defence on Tuesday night
  • Alternatively, Frank Lampard may prefer to employ the pacy Tammy Abraham
  • His mobility may help expose the German champions’ high defensive line 

‘Thanks for winning us that game against our great rivals Tottenham, Olivier. Great stuff. Now go take your seat on the bench.’

Imagine what a kick in the teeth that would be for Giroud, to see his name listed among the substitutes for Tuesday’s visit of Bayern Munich. The 33-year-old passed his audition against Spurs with flying colours and I don’t think any of us can say he deserves to be dropped after that performance.

Giroud made himself a nuisance to Tottenham’s defence on Saturday after Michy Batshuayi failed to deputise for Tammy Abraham against Manchester United before that. 

Olivier Giroud proved he is still a fine marksman during Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Tottenham

It depends on what Frank Lampard prefers. Does he stay true to the established pecking order? If so, he may start Abraham, feeling his mobility and pace might be better suited to hurt Bayern and their high line.

This is a big decision which could be the difference between victory in the last 16 and defeat. 

A friend of mine who follows German football told me that Bayern, for the first time this season, played a back three against bottom club Paderborn on Friday. 

Frank Lampard may prefer to use Tammy Abraham’s pace to expose Bayern’s high back line

They squeaked a 3-2 win but that epitomises the side sitting top of the Bundesliga. They always believe they can out score you. 

They have that Bavarian swagger about them, from Manuel Neuer to Robert Lewandowski, and they will not fear Chelsea. 

I’m sure that 2012 Champions League final defeat, in their own city, still haunts Bayern. This is the first meeting of these two in the competition since then and the Germans will want revenge.


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