Frank Lampard has lavished praise on Olivier Giroud and labeled him as “the ultimate professional” after scoring four goals in the Champions League against Sevila.
France striker Olivier Giroud notched a perfect hat-trick then added a penalty as the Blues secured a place in the 1/16 of the Champions League playoffs.
Former Arsenal forward could seek a January exit away from the Blues to gain more regular first-team minutes somewhere else, having slipped behind Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham in Chelsea’s pecking order.
Blues head-coach Frank Lampard has been at pains to express just how important the he stays at Stamford Bridge however, and again offered the highest compliments on his performance against Spanish giants.
“He is the ultimate professional, and I think he’s done that through his career,” said Lampard.
“I think that’s why with Oli you see his numbers for France and in the Champions League.
“He wasn’t always a regular before I got here, but as soon as I came in I could feel the positivity off him as a player, how he wants to train, how he wants to affect people whether he starts or not.
“And he’s started a lot for us now and been very impactful in terms of how he was in restart and performances like tonight.
“So he’s a great sign for younger players and for other players when they are not always playing in the squad of 20-plus we have that happens of course.
“So they keep training well, and when they come in they perform like they did tonight.
“That was a really, really complete performance in the circumstances tonight.”