Olivier Giroud is finding it tough being a bit-part player at Chelsea under new manager Frank Lampard.
Giroud who scored the winner for Diddier Deschamps France side against Iceland, can’t get a look in at Chelsea right now.
This is something that the World Cup winner Giroud is struggling to come to terms with and “cannot accept.”
In an interview after his team’s Euro 2020 qualifier victory, Giroud spoke to Le Pelerin about his situation at Chelsea.
While he can’t sit back and accept the situation, he will not resort to underhand tactics.
“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.”
Giroud wants answers as to why he finds himself in this situation. He was in a similar predicament last year with Maurizio Sarri too.
“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 made the controversial cross London switch, moving from Arsenal to Chelsea. He felt his reason was legitimate, but it has not been easy.
“It was not easy to leave Arsenal for Chelsea two years ago. I loved Arsenal.”
“But it was a progression because Chelsea is the English club that has won the most titles, with Manchester City, in the last 10 years.”
Regardless, the Frenchman is a fighter, and will not give up. He feels he will grow in the face of the challenge.
“I had competitors in attack – Morata, Higuain – who ended up leaving.”
“I won in the end: I played the final of the FA Cup in 2018 and the Europa League final in 2019.”
“Once again, I’m starting the season in difficulty.”
“But as my brother said, I have always grown in the face of adversity. Although I would like there to be less of it!”
Giroud is now the third leading goal scorer for France after his heroics yesterday.
It will only be a matter of time before he seeks a challenge elsewhere if his situation does not improve at Stamford Bridge.