Giroud compares Chelsea teammates Ziyech, James and Chilwell's crosses

Olivier Giroud praised Hakim Ziyech’s crossing ability and explained the difference between the winger’s crosses and those of Reece James and Ben Chilwell.

Given his quality in the air, the 34-year certainly enjoys playing with so many accomplished crossers at Chelsea.

His last goal in the 3-1 win over Leeds United last week, for example, came from James’ brilliant cross.

James, Ziyech and Chilwell are arguably the primary crossers at Chelsea, and Giroud believes they all provide different types of crosses into the box.

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“Hakim is more likely to come inside and cross with an inswinger,” he told Chelsea’s official website.

“They are very dangerous for defenders, and for strikers you have to be good with your timing so you’re not offside.

“You need to start from a deeper position nearer the far post to attack the ball from there and be in between the defenders.”

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While according to Giroud, James and Chilwell tend to put in those early crosses.

“With Reece, and Ben sometimes but more Reece, he loves to cross with his first intention,” the striker further explained.

“He doesn’t need to go to the byline to cross the ball. The only thing is to be ready.

“We have built a good understanding, and we work on it in training.”

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