A Chelsea forward who has been awarded just 33 minutes of league action this season has revealed his determination to remain on football’s elite level.
The Blues overhauled their entire squad in the summer, making acquisitions in every department of their squad.
The most eye-catching arrivals came in the attacking positions.
Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech were identified as the men capable of pulling the strings going forward. While lethal hitman Timo Werner was brought in to add greater potency up front.
The trio have performed well in the early going, but one consequence has been the lack of gametime now afforded to Olivier Giroud.
Despite being 34, Giroud is frequently selected to lead the French national team’s forward line. But with Werner’s arrival and Tammy Abraham on the rise, Giroud has had to make do with a series of cameo appearances thus far this season – a fact not lost on his national team boss.
Regarding if his age has diminished his physical talents, Giroud started: “Not that much. I don’t find myself diminished, I’m in shape. When signs will appear, I’ll feel them.
“I’ll be aware when I realise I’ve lost speed, acceleration, jumping… But I hope to have another three, four, five years at the high level. It’s the aim”.
Experience is Chelsea key
Despite his advanced years, Giroud is not the oldest player in the Chelsea squad. That honour falls to Willy Cabaellero who turned 39 earlier in the season.
Giroud isn’t even the club’s oldest outfield player following the summer arrival of ex-PSG defender Thiago Silva.
Many questioned the decision to bring an aging centre-half on board. Giroud, however, is sure experience will play a huge part in Chelsea’s season.
“They [Caballero and Silva] bring a lot. Thiago is serenity, experience.
“Maybe he can’t play every three days, but he’s still at the top, or not far from it.
“And Willy is immensely competitive. Honestly, he astonishes me”.