Olivier Giroud speaks out on losing his place at Chelsea to Tammy Abraham

Olivier Giroud has praised Tammy Abraham’s recent run of form and insists he is prepared to wait for his chance at Chelsea.

The 32-year-old has played just 191 minutes for Chelsea this season with Frank Lampard preferring Abraham as his first-choice striker.

Abraham has made an excellent start to the season and scored his eighth goal of the campaign in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Lille in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

And when asked about his current situation at Chelsea after the match, Giroud told L’Equipe: ‘I’m fine, I’ve had hard times. Now it’s not the ideal situation.

‘At this moment, little Tammy is walking on water. Listen, it’s hard to drop a striker when he’s successful.

‘I am patient. I work in training. You have to keep a good state of mind. We have a lot of games to play.

‘Last week, I missed all three games because of a dirty virus that tied me to the bed. Now I feel much better.

‘The coach preferred to start Tammy. It’s good for the team. It makes us want to continue working and shaking up the competition.’

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