Followers of Chelsea were resolute in their opinion that Olivier Giroud should be a starter against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.  

The Frenchman was left out entirely by Thomas Tuchel during his sides 1-1 Premier League draw with Southampton on Saturday.

It was an unconvincing performance from the Blues who lacked a cutting edge in the final third.

£18m (BBC Sport) man Giroud had to watch on as an unused substitute, despite Tammy Abraham being dragged off at half time.

Timo Werner’s woes returned as he only managed one shot all afternoon.

Chelsea’s brightest outlet again was Mason Mount, who won and scored the penalty that rescued a point.

This far from heavenly attack at Saint Mary’s caused a cry from fans for their French forward to return to Tuchel’s next XI.

There can be no margin for error when Chelsea travel to Bucharest for their first-leg tie versus Atletico.

Spain’s league leaders suffered their own set-back on the weekend by losing 2-0 to eighth placed side Levante.

Diego Simeone will demand a reaction from his team, which could be a huge cause of concern for Chelsea.

Their experienced players have to step up on the European stage and there a fewer with a greater pedigree than Giroud.

He remains the clubs joint second top scorer this season with ten, even though the 34-year-old has only made three appearances under Tuchel so far.

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I have to completely agree with those Chelsea fans asking for Giroud’s inclusion.

In my opinion, he’s still the best striker we have in our squad and will pose a better threat against Atleti’s physical defence.

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