The goal scored by Olivier Giroud against Atletico Madrid (0-1) on Tuesday confirms his incredible success in the Champions League this season.
The Champions League succeeds like never before Olivier Giroud to Olivier Giroud this season. Firstly because for the first time in his career, the French world champion can legitimately hope to play in the quarter-finals. Consequence of Chelsea’s victory on Tuesday in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League. A 1-0 success acquired thanks to a goal from the former Gunner.
The evening was however complicated for Olivier Giroud. Blame it on the very defensive scheme adopted by Atletico Madrid with a three-way defense that left only crumbs to the French. But what crumbs! After a header blocked in the first period, the Blues striker hit the mark in the second half on his second and last attempt of the game on a marvel of acrobatic return. What a little more careful his statistics in the Champions League this season.
Six goals in seven shots on target
Second top scorer in the competition behind Erling Braut Haaland, Olivier Giroud is now six goals in five matches, including only two starts. “That’s a good statistic, indeed. It’s linked to my quadruple against Sevilla, I’m happy, we have to keep that, ”could relish the one who now has 18 career goals in C1 and 35 in the European Cups, including 17 since 2018.
Only three players have been more prolific over the period than the French: Robert Lewandowski (27), Lionel Messi (19) and Erling Braut Haaland (18). And taking into account the playing time alone, the figures are even more impressive since the native of Grenoble turns to one goal every 38 minutes, which makes him the most effective striker in C1 this season. And by far. Another crazy stat, the number Chelsea scored their six goals in just seven shots on target. Great art!
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