Shot-shy Giroud Not Worrying Sarri

Shot-shy Giroud Not Worrying Sarri

Maurizio Sarri says he’s remaining calm on Olivier Giroud’s goal drought, claiming he does not need to score to be a success this term. Giroud has gone 10 Chelsea matches without a goal in all competitions this term – but Sarri believes France’s World Cup-winner pulls his weight in selfless link-up play.

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The Italian boss believes Chelsea must tighten up at the back to push for honours this term.

But the former Napoli coach is also encouraged by his midfielders starting to find the net, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek firing a hat-trick in Thursday’s 3-1 win over BATE Borisov.

“One month ago, we were concerned about the fact the midfielders didn’t score,” said Sarri.
“And now in the last three matches, Barkley scored two goals and Loftus three goals so I think that if we are able to continue to play this football maybe in a month the strikers will be able to score.

“You know the characteristics of Giroud: Giroud usually is not used to scoring a lot of goals in a season but he’s always very, very useful for the team, for his team-mates.

“So Giroud is not a problem for us. And Morata in the last five matches, scored two goals.
“I think they will be able to do better but the most important thing is that the team will continue to play this football.”