Chelsea news: Olivier Giroud makes Liverpool vow as he talks Morata | Football | Sport



And he has acknowledged that he and Alvaro Morata have to improve in front of goal to lessen the burden on the likes of Eden Hazard and Pedro.

Chelsea’s winning run came to a halt at West Ham on Sunday with the Hammers holding Maurizio Sarri’s men to a goalless draw.

The Blues were even fortunate that it was only that with Andriy Yarmolenko having wasted a late headed chance to hand West Ham all three points.

Chelsea have still enjoyed a strong start to Sarri’s first season in charge having claimed 16 of an available 18 points in the top flight and won their only Europa League clash away at PAOK.

But they will face their toughest test of the season this week as they take on Liverpool – the only team to win all of their six Premier League games to top the table – twice in four days.

The west London club take on their Merseyside rivals in the third round of the Carabao Cup this evening (8pm) before taking on Liverpool a second time in the league at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

And much of the early talk previewing that highly-anticipated Premier League showdown centres around Chelsea’s failures in front of goal, with Giroud and Morata having scored just once between them this season while Hazard, Willian and Pedro have contributed a combined 10 goals.

French front-man Giroud admits that his output, and Morata’s, has not been good enough yet but has vowed to improve – starting with the league contest against Liverpool.

“I don’t like to say that I’m ahead of another player, that I’m in first position,” Giroud told Goal when discussing his rivalry with Morata to be Sarri’s first-choice No 9.

“I have a fair competition with Alvaro, I played well in the last Premier League game [a 4-1 win vs Cardiff] but I wasn’t at my best against West Ham. 

“That’s why I was a bit frustrated and disappointed to be substituted, but the coach made his choice and you have to respect it.

“I will transform my frustration in a good way in the next game. Alvaro and myself have to score goals for the team so we need to find the net to help the team reach our targets.”

Sarri said after Chelsea’s draw with West Ham that it will take another year for them to reach Liverpool’s current level and Martin Keown told Match of the Day 2 last weekend that they are missing ruthlessness in front of goal in order to challenge for the title.

The ex-Arsenal defender said: “Hazard’s the goalscorer and the other two [Morata and Giroud] haven’t joined the party yet. That’s almost criminal.

“You need a front pair who can score. Hazard, it wasn’t quite working for him, but Morata had a great opportunity. 

“He comes off the bench, he’s got to be ready to take that chance and he didn’t. It’s not quite happening for that front two [Morata and Giroud]. 

“This is why they won’t be champions but they’re not far away. The manager’s saying they’re a year away from being there but that’s that cutting edge.”


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