Olivier Giroud says he’s not bothered about the arrival of Timo Werner as he believes he still has something unique to offer in the Chelsea team.
The France international has been in good form since the season restarted, as he has scored seven goals in all competitions for Frank Lampard’s side.
‘Werner’s arrival is an additional motivation and it was inevitable that the club recruit a striker,’ Giroud told L’Equipe in the lead-up to Chelsea’s FA Cup final game against Arsenal.
‘Chelsea are a great club, which spends money to strengthen the team, and I was expecting someone to come.
‘With Ziyech and Werner, Chelsea will try to be more competitive. ‘If you had told me that it was a player of my profile who was coming, I would have been worried. It is not.
‘As other teams play in a compact way against us, it’s not bad to have a big, a fulcrum that can make the link. But I’m not naive: Werner didn’t arrive to sit on the bench.
‘I’ll do everything so that Lampard finds himself in a complex situation when it comes to making his selection.’
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In his first interview at Stamford Bridge, Timo Werner said: ‘The style of the Premier League is very fast and my speciality is that I am really fast so I think it is perfect for me to play here.
‘It is another league in another country so I can improve myself to bring it to another level, so those are the reasons I come to the Premier League and to Chelsea.
‘I’m very happy to be here and I’ll try to score as many goals as I can for Chelsea, that is the big reason why they bought me, to bring the goals I scored in Leipzig here, and maybe score more goals than there.’
On Lampard’s role in his decision to join Chelsea, Werner said: ‘He was the main point. We talked a lot about things like system, like how he wants to play and sees me playing, and how the system fits to me.
‘He is a really nice guy who not only told me what he wants from me as a player because he wants to help me as a guy. He knows me now a little bit better and it fits very good between us and now I am happy to be here.’