Maurizio Sarri insists Olivier Giroud does not need to be prolific for Chelsea to succeed this season as Blues gear up for Burnley clash
- Olivier Giroud has gone 10 Chelsea matches without a goal in all competitions
- Maurizio Sarri believes it is partly because he is selfless in his hold up play
- Italian thinks that his side need to tighten up at the back if they want silverware
- Chelsea were pictured in training at Cobham ground ahead of Burnley clash
Maurizio Sarri insists he does not need Olivier Giroud to bang in the goals for Chelsea to be successful this season.
The Italian, watched Giroud and Co train at Cobham on Friday afternoon ahead of their clash with Burnley on Sunday.
Giroud and Morata, who are both vying for the starting berth up front, set to work on a sunny afternoon in Surrey.
Olivier Giroud has not scored in 10 games but Maurizio Sarri is still happy with the striker
Alvaro Morata is competing with the Frenchman for a starting role in the Chelsea team
Ross Barkley (left) and Cesar Azpilicueta were involved in an intense Friday training session
The World Cup-winner looked in high spirits during training despite his ongoing goal drought.
He has gone 10 Chelsea matches without a goal in all competitions this term – but Sarri believes the 32-year-old pulls his weight in selfless link-up play.
‘One month ago, we were concerned about the fact the midfielders didn’t score,’ said Sarri.
‘And now in the last three matches, Barkley scored two goals and Loftus three goals so I think that if we are able to continue to play this football maybe in a month the strikers will be able to score.
‘You know the characteristics of Giroud: Giroud usually is not used to scoring a lot of goals in a season but he’s always very, very useful for the team, for his team-mates.
‘So Giroud is not a problem for us. And Morata in the last five matches, scored two goals.
‘I think they will be able to do better but the most important thing is that the team will continue to play this football.
‘Usually the winner is the team who concedes less goals. In Italy – I don’t know here – but I think the same.
(L-R) Pedro, Davide Zappacosta, Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus Cheek were in high spirits
Kepa Arrizabalaga was put through his paces and showed off his aerial prowess
Marcos Alonso will be in line for a start against Burnley having starred this season
‘We have to improve in the defensive phase,’ he added after Chelsea conceded sloppily against BATA Borisov in their 3-1 win on Thursday night.
‘We could have done better in the last 20 minutes (against BATE) because we needed only to move the ball and to take the positions.
‘We conceded spaces to the opponents so at the end we conceded a very stupid goal and I didn’t like it.
‘It’s very dangerous if you make the same mistakes against very high level opponents, you’re in trouble, like against Liverpool, against Manchester United so we need to control the match better.’
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