Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger said Olivier Giroud’s resurgence will have a positive impact on Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal against Manchester United.
The France international found himself as a third-choice striker in the first half of the season under Frank Lampard.
Tammy Abraham’s injury before the lockdown period gave him an opportunity to get back into the team and he certainly didn’t waste it.
Netting five times in his last eight appearances, including the winner against Norwich City on Tuesday, Giroud is arguably the current first-choice No.9.
And ahead of the massive game against Manchester United, Rudiger believes the 33-year-old’s reemergence will have an impact.
“I’m really looking forward to the game,” he told DFB.
“United are in great form; they haven’t lost in 18 or 19 games now and they’ve beaten us twice in the league, so they will go into the game full of confidence.
“It will be a tough battle. A positive for us is that Olivier Giroud is scoring goals again.
“He has worked his way back into the team even though a lot of people had written him off already.”
The Germany international also spoke about the Premier League’s top-four race which involves Chelsea, Leicester City, and Manchester United.
He said Chelsea are in a “good path”, although he also acknowledged that the two remaining fixtures against Liverpool and Wolverhampton won’t be easy.
“The good thing is that it’s in our own hands,” he added.
“Not many people would have bet on us being third at this stage of the season. Unfortunately, we have dropped a few too many points, but all in all, we can be happy.”