Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud believes that a lot of teams are still in the race for the Premier League title this season and the Blues are one of the favourites to lift the trophy, despite their poor run of form of late.
“Because of the fact Liverpool is not flying like the two previous years we can join the title race, that’s my target. Obviously, we need to learn from the disappointing results but we’re not going to change our target because it’s very tight. I also really want to win this Premier League, it’s something I want a lot,” Giroud told Chelsea’s official website.
Giroud was asked about why a team like Liverpool hasn’t been able to replicate the same kind of form as last year, even though they are still at the top of the table. According to him, it’s because of the absence of the fans at the stadium.
“Firstly because there are no fans in the stadiums so maybe the smaller teams, if I can say that on paper when they come to places like the Bridge or Anfield or the Emirates against the big teams they maybe play with less pressure.”
“It is easier, that would explain the fact the Premier League is tight this year because of no fans, and also because nowadays the football has improved a lot and the smaller teams have improved a lot. The difference between the small teams and the big teams now is getting smaller and smaller,” he added.
Chelsea need to bounce back from their poor run of form soon and Giroud has a key role to play in that. He started as a second fiddle to Timo Werner at the start of the Premier League season but he has worked his way into the first XI on the back of his impressive showing in recent matches.
“Nine goals in six starts is not bad, it’s a good start for a striker,’ he says of his own form. We all look for the best statistics. The more efficient we are, the better for the team and we have a lot of talented strikers and it’s always a headache for the manager to pick and choose the right one, with different qualities upfront and with also a good understanding between strikers and wingers,” the Frenchman said.