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.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his sides first goal with Christian Pulisic during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on July 14, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Eden hazard of Chelsea celebrates the opening goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on September 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

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

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 03: Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal with Olivier Giroud of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge on April 03, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

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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LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: Christian Pulisic of Chelsea celebrates after he scores his sides first goal during the Heads Up FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 01, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Adam Davy/Pool via Getty Images)

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.

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