Lebouef says Olivier Giroud should have started against Manchester City
Frank Leboeuf believes Frank Lampard was under pressure to play Timo Werner in a central role, but said Olivier Giroud should have played in the 3-1 defeat against Manchester City.
It has been 12 games since the last time Werner scored a goal for Chelsea.
Lampard gambled with the struggling Germany international at the expense of Giroud and Abraham who have been in good goal-scoring forms.
Both Giroud and Abraham scored in each of their last two starts.
Leboeuf thinks Lampard might have wanted to restore Werner’s confidence and play him in a more familiar position despite having safer options in Giroud, whom he said should have led the line instead.
“With what we saw, I really thought Giroud or Abraham would come on,” the former Chelsea defender told ESPN FC.
“I think Frank put Werner as a striker because people were complaining that Werner wasn’t playing in his real position and [they thought] it was why he [hasn’t been] good lately.
“He proved today that we don’t know if that’s the case.
“For sure, I think Giroud should’ve played.
“[As a substitute in the] second half? I don’t know, maybe it was already too late, [Chelsea] were already 3-0 down.”