Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has praised teammate Olivier Giroud after his performances since the Premier League restart.

Giroud has turned around his situation at Chelsea, from last in the pecking order behind Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi to arguably Chelsea’s best performing striker at the moment.

From seven appearances since the competition resumption, the 33-year-old has bagged four goals, including the winning goal against Norwich City on Tuesday.

Loftus-Cheek sees the striker as a crucial figure when playing against teams who defend deep.

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He told Chelsea’s official website: “He’s really important for us.

“He’s a finisher, a poacher in the box, which is what we need at the moment when teams are sitting back and defending against us.

“You always have a chance to sling it in the box and Oli might be there to put it in. Great team player.”

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Sitting at third place with a four-point gap to Leicester City and Manchester United for the moment, the Blues are getting closer to a top-four finish.

The two remaining league fixtures will not be easy though, against the champions Liverpool and Wolverhampton.

But Loftus-Cheek said the players are used to the pressure and it is part of being Chelsea players.

“We have two really tough games against Liverpool and Wolves to come, so it’s in our hands,” the England international added.

“We don’t want to be reliant on other results to put us through to the Champions League.

“We’re in a good position. We have got to nail it down and give it our all.”

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