Chelsea travel to face Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League last sixteen tie on Wednesday knowing that they have to score in order to progress after a 1-1 draw in the first installment.
An organised display from Antonio Conte’s men in the match at Stamford Bridge was soured by Lionel Messi’s away goal, as a result of an error by Andreas Christensen in the second half, which means that the emphasis has to be – at least to some extent – on attack for the Blues.
That brings the conversation about who should be fielded up front to the forefront of the discussion and the two main options appear to be Alvaro Morata – valued at £58.m by Transfermarkt – and Olivier Giroud (£18m on the same site).
Both have struggled for form early on in their Blues careers, to the extent that Conte started with Eden Hazard in the false nine position for Chelsea’s last crunch match, away against Manchester City.
That means that their fans cannot choose who they would rather see start in the Nou Camp. Morata has the greater experience of Spanish football and is more mobile but Giroud is slightly sharper and is better at linking up the play.
We’ve taken a look at the best of the debate…
Morata has played in Spain for big club in the world(Real Madrid )played against Barcelona, he knows the atmosphere in Nou Camp,psychological he will be plus factor to the playing squad, in my opinion play Giroud later., otherwise Giroud is still a good choice, my man is Morata.
— Vuyo Landu (@landu_vuyo) March 13, 2018
Where is the mobility in that? Giroud missed 3 sitters last game but but but Morata is trash right?
— K.H (@harees26) March 13, 2018
I think Morata will be hungry, I’d bring Giroud in around 60-70M
— Jesse (@jesse_suratman) March 13, 2018
Morata to start on Wednesday and save Giroud for Sunday's game.
— Rob Houghton (@Dobssie) March 13, 2018
You can't be having a selection headache when Hazard Giroud and Willian are the only forwards performing at the moment. Having an out of form Pedro and Morata must surely make the team selection easier https://t.co/woyjr7tnaT
— . (@The8Role) March 13, 2018
He better use Morata even if he's not fit. We need Hazard in more advanced role
— Christian Zik (@HiphopmusicNg) March 13, 2018
Conte got it right in the first Barca game; defend and hit on the break. Here attackers need to be fast, rather than big. So we might play without Giroud or Morata. The idea is to park the bus and sneak a goal when the ball runs loose.
— Gary Sampson (@TheRealG____) March 13, 2018
He must start giourd along with hazard and William.
— Akachi Chukwuma (@Casmir__Chuks) March 13, 2018
Hazard? We’ve all seen how that doesn’t work. Morata? The guys too flakey. Needs to go back to mummy. Giroud is the only option. Only Conte could make a headache out of this decision
— Moosehead (@digger_98) March 13, 2018
We need morata to start instead Giroud
— Temitope Ogundipe (@TemitopeOgundi6) March 13, 2018
I think starting Morata is the right call actually he has the pace that we will need which is why Giroud would be better to be brought on as a sub plus its in Spain and you know Morata will up his game playing there!
— Alex Peers (@dj_themes) March 12, 2018