Giroud: Chelsea are out for redemption tonight

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 24, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud insists the entire team wants to put their disappointing defeat to Tottenham behind them ahead of tonight’s game with PAOK

The French striker scored a late consolation goal for Chelsea in last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Tottenham after coming on as a substitute.

It marked Chelsea’s first defeat of the Premier League season following a 12-match unbeaten run under new coach Maurizio Sarri.

The Italian has since undergone special measures to understand what happened at Wembley and Giroud insists they have to bounce back right away.

“Everybody was aware of the poor performance and we just want to make it right for the next game,” Giroud told the club website.

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - APRIL 11: Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates after the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final First Leg match between Slavia Prague and Chelsea at Eden Stadium on April 11, 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Thomas Eisenhuth/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Match Preview: Chelsea vs Slavia Prague

Chelsea host Slavia Prague at Stamford Bridge this evening looking to book their place in the next round of the Europa League.

“It was not the Chelsea we are used to seeing this season. The manager was not happy at all with our performance. Even though it’s our first defeat of the season, it’s been hard to accept.

“We just need to be responsible. We have already worked on what went wrong in the game, and we just want to make it better and improve for the next games.

“We want to bounce back as soon as possible and we want to do it tomorrow in the Europa League, and after at the weekend against Fulham.”

The Chelsea-PAOK Europa League game in Group L will begin at 21:00 (CET) at Stamford Bridge.