Olivier Giroud said Chelsea entered Tuesday’s clash with Atletico Madrid with the intention of winning, even though it was an away game at a neutral venue.
Giroud scored the only goal of the game, a superb bike kick in the second half that gave Chelsea a huge advantage going into the second leg.
The Frenchman says this has always been Chelsea’s intention as the Blues looked to gain an advantage ahead of the return leg at Stamford Bridge.
Giroud on the Chelsea approach
“We came here with strong intentions to win the game, to play our game and we know how we could cause them problems offensively,” he said. BT Sport. “We were strong at the back in defensive form and very happy with the victory, it was a deserved victory tonight.
“We know the importance of the away goal in European Cups, that’s why I was delighted to help the team win the game, we handled it well and we were confident but we faced a great team and I think we were very committed and knew their We faced but we have to stay focused and finish the job.
“Not too confident, we were confident in our qualities in the game. I didn’t know what to think of the goal, I just focused on the overhead kick and was happy to see him go to the goal. back of the net, I had no indication of offside, Mason Mount said he had not touched the ball. Good for the team, good for me. “
Giroud on his goal
The Frenchman’s goal was not without a bit of waiting, as Giroud and Chelsea were forced to be patient during a VAR exam.
Mason Mount’s initial foray into the area resulted in a missed clearance from Mario Hermoso, who shot the ball into the air behind him.
Giroud waited in what would have been an offside position but, thanks to Hermoso’s touch, was free to break a kick over the head, and ultimately seal the victory.
“I told Mason [Mount] that I was going to blame him if I was denied the goal “, said Giroud RMC Sport. “Because he touches the ball just before when I can get it and finish before if he allows it, but we are not going to be choosy. I am very happy to see the ball in the net and especially that he is not offside.
“It’s great for me and for the team. The wait? With VAR, you have to keep faith and be patient. It was long, but it was an important decision. It’s weird to celebrate three minutes. later.”
With the 1-0 lead in their back pocket, Chelsea will now head to the second leg with a major advantage.
The two teams will face off again at Stamford Bridge on March 17 with a quarterfinal berth on the line.
Before that, however, Chelsea will face massive Premier League fixtures as they face Manchester United and Liverpool in the next two weeks.