Giroud says Chelsea have 22-year-old player now who reminds him of Eden Hazard

Olivier Giroud says that Christian Pulisic reminds him of Eden Hazard and highlights his similar understanding with both players.

Speaking on the Chelsea Mike’d Up podcast, the veteran striker spoke about the relationship he has formed with Pulisic despite being in the same squad for just under two years.

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Giroud joined Chelsea in January 2018 from Arsenal and almost a year later the American signed from Borussia Dortmund for £58m (BBC Sport).

The Frenchman divulged into what he admired about his young comrade, saying “I see Christian’s got big potential, he’s so easy by dribbling and taking on opponents.”

“He’s a massive talent and top man and I’m proud to play alongside him.”

His complements reached another level when he compared him to the brilliant Belgian, admitting: “He reminds me of Eden (Hazard), but he still has room for improvement.”

Hazard earned superhuman status for his achievements at Stamford Bridge, winning two Premier Leagues and four Player of the Year awards among numerous other accolades.

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During his farewell campaign, Giroud and Hazard guided Chelsea to Europa League glory before the latter set sail for Spain and Real Madrid.

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Although his contribution could never be replaced, Pulisic was named the heir to Hazard’s throne and was even offered his fabled no.10 jersey.

Now Giroud has another partner in crime and is enjoying their collaboration.

“We are very complementary with our qualities,” explained the Frenchman. “He (Pulisic) needs someone like me, a target man, to have someone to play with for the one-two.”

“I was doing it quite often with Eden, had a good understanding with him. We always try to find each other.”

The duo has played 21 times together for the Blues, including the FA Cup final where Giroud assisted Pulisic’s opener with a delicate back heel.

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Frank Lampard has only started the pair in Chelsea’s forward line twice this season as he looks to implement Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech into his side.

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Comparing anyone to Hazard is unfair (unless it’s the Real Madrid version) because of his raw talent and ability to entertain.

Yet, you can see those abilities developing within Pulisic who has thrived by working alongside a technical and experienced attacker in Giroud.

I hope they both get more opportunities to play with each other as I’m yet to see that kind of connection between any other striker/ wide player.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.