Olivier Giroud does not agree with manager Frank Lampard

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has said that he does not agree with manager Frank Lampard over his restricted role but won’t criticise the head coach for the same. The France international has barely featured for the Blues in the Premier League this term with Tammy Abraham being the undisputed choice to lead the line.

Despite this, it has not hampered him at the international stage where he continues to remain a regular under Didier Deschamps and he most recently converted a penalty during the 1-0 triumph over Iceland in a European qualifier. Speaking after that game, Giroud said that he does not accept his current treatment at Chelsea but he won’t criticise Lampard for the situation.

He told: "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 I deserved to play, I asked the coach [Sarri] for explanations."

Giroud started the campaign on a bright note and he contributed a goal during the Super Cup clash against Liverpool, which the Blues lost through a penalty shootout. However, he has since struggled to break into the starting XI regularly and that has resulted from the fact that Abraham has been hugely consistent with his performances upfront.
Abraham was heavily criticised during the Super Cup clash where he squandered a clear-cut chance in added extra-time. However, that has proved a blessing in disguise, considering he has contributed nine goals for the club thereafter. Meanwhile, Michy Batshuayi has also benefited from Giroud’s absence through an illness last month and he has already bagged three goals across all competitions.