Thomas Tuchel was totally complimentary of Olivier Giroud during his latest Chelsea press conference by admitting he deserved to play in every game.

Understandably, much of the focus was around the Blues experienced forward following his heroics against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Giroud’s age defying bicycle kick secured a huge Champions League victory over the La Liga leaders for Chelsea.

Atletico Madrid v Chelsea FC  - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg One
BUCHAREST, ROMANIA – FEBRUARY 23: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea scores their side’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea FC at National Arena on February 23, 2021 in Bucharest, Romania. Atletico Madrid face Chelsea FC at a neutral venue in Romania behind closed doors after Spain imposed a ban on travellers arriving from the UK in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19 variants. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Tuchel was asked if this sublime strike was enough to guarantee him starting role for the weekend’s Premier League fixture versus Manchester United.

“He deserves a start all the time,” Tuchel responded.

“He trains very well and he’s a leader in the group. He’s a big personality.

“Even when he didn’t start, he deserved to start.”

The 34-year-old has only started ten of his 22 appearances in 2020/21.

Despite this, Giroud is already on 11 goals, just one behind top scorer Tammy Abraham.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea is replaced by Tammy Abraham during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Leeds United at Stamford Bridge on December 05, 2020 in London, England. A limited number of fans are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Chris Lee – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

He continues to prove his doubters wrong, whilst putting pressure on the Chelsea board to make a decision over his future.

Their pursuit over Erling Haaland hots up day by day, which won’t be encouraging news to strikers currently situated at Stamford Bridge.

According to the Athletic, Giroud has not yet ruled extending his contract another year.

Abraham on the other hand doesn’t want to enter into these discussions whilst the Haaland saga continues.  

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If it was possible, I’d start Olivier Giroud in every match, in every competition, in every season.

I really adore the man and it will be extremely sad to see him eventually wave goodbye to Chelsea.

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