Cole salutes striker Chelsea Giroud after his winner against Norwich

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“He looked in the mirror and said” what should I do to find myself on the team? “”: Ashley Cole is full of praise for Olivier Giroud for having resisted on the brink of chasm at Chelsea after his winner against Norwich

  • Giroud kept the Blues on track for the Champions League Tuesday night
  • It was his fifth goal in his last eight Premier League appearances for the Blues.
  • He seemed destined to leave in January before his remarkable rebirth

Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole praised Olivier Giroud after veteran striker kept the Blues on track for the Champions League.

The 33-year-old French international led a head to Tim Krul at halftime after Christian Pulisic created space for the cross on the right.

It was his fifth goal in his last eight Premier League appearances and he was recently awarded a contract extension.

Forward Olivier Giroud celebrates with Christian Pulisic after scoring again in Norwich

Cole lifted the lid of his remarkable rebirth.

He told Sky Sports: “Overall, as a threat, Giroud was definitely the man of the match.

“I think at the start of the season Tammy started playing, scoring goals, Giroud was a bit of a player at the time.

“I watched them train several times … his attitude, his mentality, he is ready to work, he looked in the mirror and said” what should I do to get back on the team? “

The 33-year-old French international guided a head to Tim Krul at halftime

The 33-year-old French international guided a head to Tim Krul at halftime

“I think he has won back the group. When you see a senior player training hard, the younger players benefit and he still has chances.

Giroud signed a one-year contract extension in May to keep him at Chelsea until the end of the 2020/21 season.

The World Cup winner seemed set to leave the club in January amidst interest from Inter Milan and Tottenham, but the lack of alternative options led Chelsea to keep the experienced striker.

Giroud regained his place on the side following an injury to Tammy Abraham and had proven to be a useful asset in the weeks preceding the suspension of the season in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole praised Giroud after his impressive display

Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole praised Giroud after his impressive display

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