Olivier Giroud has delivered an honest opinion on Frank Lampard’s managerial prowess, amidst speculations surrounding the sacking of Chelsea’s manager.
Stadium Astro spoke to the Chelsea striker shortly before the defeat to Manchester City, which sparked a new line of Lampard inquiry.
The Athletic reported that Lampard’s job was under threat following the 3-1 loss to City, and that possible replacements were being monitored.
In this fixture at Stamford Bridge, the Blues boss completely overlooked Giroud, in spite of the French forward’s form this season.
Questions and eyebrows were raised at the decision, leading to further inquiries over his position as Chelsea controller.
This is not the first occasion Lampard has left out Giroud, and will unlikely be the last considering he has to accommodate Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham in the striking department. In the past, this has caused uncertainties, with the Guardian conveying that the 34-year-old was ready to leave in January as to gain more game time before the European Championships.
However, Giroud was complimentary of Lampard and his philosophy, telling Stadium Astro, “He already has a lot of qualities to manage a team. He’s got good ideas.
“For me it’s always nice to have a manager who was a big player who won a lot of things and he can always make you improve.”
It was not long ago that Giroud and Lampard were sharing the same field on opposing sides, for Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.
This fresher out look is something Giroud hasn’t been used to in England, having worked under Arsene Wenger and Maurizio Sarri, but was happy to have a coach closer to his age.
He said, “It’s nice to have a younger manager. Obviously, he will still learn throughout his career. He already has a lot of qualities to manage a team.”