Giroud scores 4 as Chelsea top their UCL group
Another amazing performance from Frank Lampard's men in the Champions League as they kept yet another clean sheet and scored four. The man of the night was no other than Olivier Giroud, who scored a perfect hat trick and then a penalty to seal off an excellent night in Spain.
Lampard made nine changes from the team that played on Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur. A completely different back line from Sunday surprisingly kept a clean sheet against the current Europa League champions. Notable performances from Antonio Rudiger and Emerson saw the Blues put on an excellent display of attacking play coming out of the back.
A midfield of Kovacic, Jorginho, and Havertz were excellent as they were able to add the perfect amount of attacking and defensive capabilities around the pitch. Kovacic was excellent going forward and also tracking back Sevilla players who were making their way through the center of the park. Jorginho, as always, played some excellent passing play around the center of the field while also looking forward towards Hudson-Odoi and Giroud. Kai Havertz earned himself an assist on the first goal with a perfectly waited pass to the Frenchman who put it into the back of the net in the eighth minute. The German was by far the stand out midfielder in Spain making fantastic runs through the Sevilla midfield causing chaos in and around the Sevilla box.
One of the negatives of the night had to be Christian Pulisic who had his first start since his injury earlier this season. It was a tough night for the American who struggled to make an impact on the left side of the pitch. Only recording one shot on target and completing two dribbles in the sixty-seven minutes played. He seemed to be a shadow of his former self, but with that being said it was his first start in a while so it takes time to regain form.
The man of the match was no other than Olivier Giroud, who scored a perfect hat trick and a penalty to seal off a 'good night' as said in his post match interview. Giroud, who is thirty-four years and sixty-three days old, became the oldest player to score more than once in a match in a major European competition for Chelsea (excluding qualifiers), surpassing club legemd Didier Drogba who held the record since 2011. Giroud recorded five total shots, four of them on target, and banging in four sublime goals.
What a performance from the Frenchman and the Blues in the Champions League away in Spain!
Ziyech [67']: 6.5
Kante [67']: 7.1
Mount [67']: 6.6
Werner [84']: 6.5
Gilmour [85']: 6.5