Olivier Giroud refuses to accept not playing for Chelsea but won't criticise Frank Lampard

Matt Debono

The Frenchman has found it difficult this season to find minutes, just like fellow forward Michy Batshuayi, as Tammy Abraham arrived back from loan spells to be Frank Lampard's man to lead the line for the Blues. 

It has meant the 33-year-old has had to settle for the bench, and on some occasions not even in the matchday squad, and the forward won't accept the position he is in at the club.

Speaking to Le Pèlerin, Giroud was posed the question of whether he would accept settling for the spot of number two at Chelsea: "Accept it? No, I do not accept it.

"You do not have to be fatalistic in certain situations. I have always been respectful and humble. Even if I do not agree with the coach, I do not criticise him.

"But in myself, I cannot accept it because I know what I’m worth on a pitch. Last year, when I felt that I deserved to play, I asked the coach for explanations."

Giroud, who scored the winner from the penalty spot for France on Friday evening against Iceland in Reykjavik, reflected on his time with Arsenal and insisted he had no regrets about leaving the club to make the short trip across London. 

"It was not easy to leave Arsenal for Chelsea two years ago. I loved Arsenal," Giroud said on his former club. 

Olivier Giroud's penalty was the difference for France in Iceland on Friday in their Euro 2020 qualifier

"But it was a progression because Chelsea is the English club that has won the most titles, with Manchester City, in ten years.

"I had competitors in attack – Morata, Higuain, who ended up leaving. I won at the end: I played the final of the FA Cup in 2018 and the European Cup final in 2019.

"Once again, I’m starting the year in difficulty, but as my brother said, I have always built myself in the face of adversity. Although I would like there to be less!"

With Tammy Abraham continuing his fine form, and Giroud only featuring in three Premier League games this season - starting only one of them - it is unlikely that the striker will be getting more minutes than he has of late whilst Frank Lampard is in charge at the club. 

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He doesn't have many playing days left, so he needs to do what's best for him on January. Chelsea hasn't stood in the way of moves like that. A move back to France maybe?