Thomas Tuchel has suggested that Olivier Giroud may feature for Chelsea when they take on Porto in the Champions League tomorrow, speaking in his press conference.
Giroud hasn’t been a regular under his German manager, starting just twice in any competition since the 28th of February.
But his importance in Europe for the Blues cannot be overlooked.
The £110,000-a-week (Spotrac) French forward is already on six goals in this season’s competition, four of those coming in one game against Sevilla last December.
Chelsea will be returning to the same stadium Giroud scored his haul when they face Porto, where both legs of their quarter final contest will be played.
When asked if the experienced striker would play a part, Tuchel said: “He (Giroud) is in the running. He’s in the squad.
“He is absolutely excited to return to Sevilla and play there. It gives him a good feeling. He is very strong for us in the Champions League.
“He has history in Sevilla, scoring many goals in this campaign. Obviously, he is in the running.”
Although his four in Spain was impressive, arguably Giroud’s most important European strike came in the previous round.
A stunning bicycle kick ensured Chelsea defeated Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the opening game of their round of 16 clash.
Tuchel’s team won the subsequent leg 2-0, setting them with their Porto fight.
Interestingly, that was the last domestic goal Giroud netted and only his second in three months.
It would be typical of the 34-year-old to pull out another match-winning performance on the grandest of stages, but only if Tuchel gives him the opportunity to do so.