Rennes boss praises Olivier Giroud and Chelsea's squad depth ahead of Tuesday's clash - The Chelsea Chronicle

Rennes boss praises Olivier Giroud and Chelsea's squad depth ahead of Tuesday's clash

Rennes manager Julian Stephan warned his players about in-form Chelsea as he praised Olivier Giroud’s commitment for the Blues.

Since the 3-0 loss at Stamford Bridge earlier this month, Rennes has yet to win a game — with two losses against PSG and Bordeaux in Ligue 1.

On the other hand, Chelsea will head into Tuesday’s game full of confidence after five wins in a row, including a 2-0 win against Newcastle last Saturday.

Speaking ahead of the game, Stephan admitted that it will be a tough game against an in-form Chelsea side that have quality throughout their squad.

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“As for their [Chelsea’s] form, it is impressive — they concede a few goals, score many,” he told the reporters during his press conference on Monday (via L’equipe).

“They have proved that they will certainly fight for the Premier League title.

“They have a lot of internationals, players who are regular in their selection and who [don’t play regularly].”

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The Rennes boss further explained that he had Giroud in mind when he spoke about Chelsea’s squad depth.

“It shows all the richness of these clubs,” he added.

“He [Giroud] is an exceptional example for the players in terms of state of mind.

“You can see that, despite his situation, every time he comes in, even for a few minutes, there is total commitment.

“That’s also the case with very high level players.”

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