Olivier Giroud stole the show in the UEFA Champions League clash against Sevilla when he scored a four-goal haul on Wednesday night at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.
The Blues currently sit first in the Champions League Group E log standing with a game to spare.
This was the first time a Chelsea player scored four goals in over a decade. Frank Lampard was the last player to do so, and the first time anyone has scored a margin of four goals for Chelsea in a single Champions League match.
Giroud acknowledged that it’s always nice to be a part of club history as he became the club’s oldest player (34) to notch a treble in Europe’s elite competition since the legendary Ferenc Puskas.
“You play football to write great stories. I’m proud. I had great assists from my team-mates and I just tried to finish the job,” Giroud said.
It goes without saying that last night was one of the most special nights of his career. The goal poacher shows that he isn’t just a Chelsea star player, but he is their marksman, ever-reliable finisher and he completely embodies the club.
“When I’m on the pitch I’m the happiest man. I just try to be patient, keep the faith and bring something else to the team. It is always special to play in the Champions League and it was an important game to finish first in the group, so I’m pleased to help the team win,” he explained.
“Sometimes you feel anything can happen, and that was one of them.”
The Chelsea striker added that it was the second time in his professional career he had scored four goals in a single match. The first came during his spell with Ligue 2 side Tours in a win against Arles-Avignon.
“We are working hard in training to improve and reach our targets,” Giroud stated.
“Our ambition is to compete with the best teams in the Premier League, and in the Champions League to go as far as we can. We have shown we have a great squad and we can count on a lot of talented players. It will give us the opportunity to play in both competitions.
“We are doing a great job and we need to keep the momentum up. It’s been a long time we have missed our fans. Football is not the same sport, the passion is not the same without fans, so we are looking forward to Saturday and hope we have a nice welcome for them.”
The French international’s performance last night was further proof that age shows no signs of slowing the striker down.
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By Mauwane Raophala