Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has spoken about upcoming competition with Timo Werner, whose arrival has brought him new motivation.
The 33-year-old has re-established himself as Chelsea’s first-choice No.9 since the Premier League restart, netting seven times in 10 appearances during that period.
His goals helped the Blues secure a top-four finish and a Champions League spot, including the crucial winner against Norwich City.
Giroud might not be the number one for long, however, as Werner, who scored 34 goals for RB Leipzig last season, will be an option for manager Frank Lampard next term.
Giroud told L’equipe: “Werner’s arrival is an additional motivation and it was inevitable that the club recruit a striker.
“Chelsea are a great club, which spends money to strengthen the team, and I was expecting someone to come.
“With Ziyech and Werner, Chelsea will try to be more competitive.”
The France international said he is not worried about the arrival of a striker with Werner’s profile, although he clearly understands that Chelsea did not bring him from Leipzig to be on the sidelines.
“As other teams play in a compact way against us, it’s not bad to have a big, a fulcrum that can make the link,” he added.
“But I’m not naive; Werner didn’t arrive to sit on the bench.
“I’ll do everything so that Lampard finds himself in a complex situation when it comes to making his selection.”