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Thomas Tuchel hails Chelsea match-winner Olivier Giroud – ‘He’s like a 20-year-old’

Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel hailed the longevity of Olivier Giroud after the
striker scored a fantastic winner in opposition to Atletico Madrid of their Champions League
final 16 first leg on Tuesday.

The France worldwide produced a fantastic overhead kick within the 68th minute to safe a 1-0 victory at Arena Nationala in Bucharest, with coronavirus journey restrictions stopping the tie happening on the Wanda Metropolitano.

While 34-yr-outdated Giroud needed to look forward to a prolonged VAR examine, the objective was finally given and it was his sixth within the competitors this season after a essential late effort at Rennes and a 4-objective haul at Sevilla within the group stage.

Tuchel stated: “If you see him on a daily basis, you cannot be surprised. He is totally fit, his body is in shape and his physicality is on top level.

“Mentally I’ve actually the sensation he enjoys on daily basis being a skilled soccer participant on this stage and that is the extent he must be.

“He trains like a 20-yr-outdated, like a 24-yr-outdated. He is a man who has a good combination of significant and pleasure in coaching. He is at all times constructive and it’s a massive issue for the group.

Olivier Giroud scores with an overhead kick against Atletico Madrid
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Olivier Giroud scores with an overhead kick in opposition to Atletico Madrid

“He starts, when he comes from the bench, he has all these qualities and it is good like this.”

Chelsea recovered from a nervy opening jiffy in Romania to dominate nearly all of the competition and stop La Liga leaders Atletico from having a single shot on the right track.

The Blues boss added: “I am super happy for my players and the team for such a big reward. We actually can read it on the scoreline that we have the result against top opponents.

“It was crucial that we’re completely concentrated over all 96 minutes and that we additionally settle for that it’s totally arduous to create probabilities, however we did all that and it was a superb crew effort.”

Simeone: Difficult vs quality attack

Atletico were without several players, including the suspended Kieran Trippier, and struggled in unfamiliar surroundings to suffer a second straight defeat following Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Levante.

It is now one victory in five games for Diego Simeone’s side and he said: “I understood we needed to play like this.

“I think the main problem was we didn’t have a lot of precision about taking back the ball.

“It was a arduous sport, nobody had a lot of probabilities of scoring but additionally it was very tough with their assault as a result of they’ve actually sturdy and high quality gamers.”

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