Chelsea boss Lampard said of Giroud after his latest goal in the draw with Aston Villa: “If you deliver for Oli in the right areas, he gets in the position and gets really good contact.
“That’s why he is scoring goals and why he has been a regular scorer wherever he has been. He did for us today, this season and in restart. All credit to him.”
It follows similar praise after ex-Arsenal striker Giroud scored four in a Champions League win over Sevilla early in December, after which the boss declared: “He is the ultimate professional, and I think he’s done that through his career.
“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.
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“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.”