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Olivier Giroud combines brilliantly with Eden Hazard for Chelsea opener 

Chelsea's January signing made his first start for the Blues against West Brom this evening

In case you hadn’t heard, Chelsea are in the midst of a crisis at the moment having lost their last two Premier League games against Bournemouth and Watford. 

It’s all gone a bit wrong for Antonio Conte, with summer signing Alvaro Morata forgetting how to score and then ‘injuring his back’, meaning the Italian desperately needed to sign another striker in January.

And sign a striker he did, with handsome Frenchman Olivier Giroud making the short journey from Arsenal in an £18million swoop.

Still handsome

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Still handsome

After making a brief second-half cameo in the defeat at Vicarage Road last week, Giroud was given his first start in the Blue of Chelsea against West Brom this evening.

And it didn’t take long for him to make an impact.

On the 25th minute, with the Blues gradually knocking on the door of the Baggies, Giroud did exactly what Conte would’ve wanted of him by linking up beautifully with Eden Hazard for the opener.


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Starting off the move, the little Belgian received the ball on the edge of the Baggies box, but was under considerable pressure from his marker.

Playing a short pass to Giroud – who was in the centre of the box – the No 10 then made a darting run towards goal, inviting his new teammate to return the ball with a lovely little pass as he buried the shot into the bottom corner of Ben Foster’s goal.

He escapes his marker and sees Giroud making a run in space

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He escapes his marker and sees Giroud making a run in space

The Belgian picks out the Frenchman

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The Belgian picks out the Frenchman

Who touches the ball back into the path of the No 10

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Who touches the ball back into the path of the No 10

The one-two was a thing of beauty

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The one-two was a thing of beauty

Goalie stood no chance

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Goalie stood no chance

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