It has been a patchy start to 2018 for Chelsea and that was again illustrated by the nervous nature of their narrow 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Palace were defensively shambolic throughout the first half and that allowed the Blues to go into what turned out to be an unassailable two-goal lead.
Roy Hodgson managed to rouse his players at half-time and Patrick van Aanholt’s late strike was the least they deserved for a performance that could have seen them leave Stamford Bridge with a share of the spoils.
Olivier Giroud got the nod to start from Antonio Conte but while he failed to score, he gave an insight into his thoughts to the club’s official website about his form.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 12, 2018
Chelsea fans reacted as the Frenchman – valued at £18m by Transfermarkt – continued his fairly slow start to his Stamford Bridge career it would appear that they still have faith in him at this early stage.
We’ve taken a closer look at the reaction to Giroud’s comments as he looks for better luck in yet another match against opponents in claret and blue – Barcelona – on Wednesday night at the Nou Camp.
incoming masterclass at Camp Nou
— ᴱᴰᴱᴺ (@DareToEden) March 12, 2018
Yes Buddy, 100% better than Morata
— Dan Soko (@soko_dan) March 12, 2018
When Giroud play Barcelona game he will surely score. 🙌
— Seth Owusu Varane_27 (@varane_27) March 12, 2018
Let me hope he will score winning goal at Camp Nou
— Twinamatsiko. (@tpaddy41) March 12, 2018
I'm happy to have you, keep improving & contribute as much as you can! 💪
— Muhammad sagir (@sagir_muhammad) March 12, 2018
Goals will come soon 👊
— Ammadaydechelsea (@ammadaydchelsea) March 12, 2018
Giroud has shown his experience and quality in 3 PL games even though he hasn’t scored. He has to keep improving and trying for goals, he will score goals !
— yewwah(cool) Singapore (@harmony2828) March 12, 2018
start him vs barca conte!!
— Official Juan Tuma (@Juan_Tumah) March 12, 2018
He should start at Camp Nou
— مازن (@imaxzn) March 12, 2018