Olivier Giroud vs Crystal Palace

Chelsea fans convinced on Giroud vs Morata debate for Barcelona away

Chelsea 2 – Crystal Palace 1

Chelsea secured a much needed win on Saturday evening as they beat Crystal Palace 2-0.

After the “walking” performance at Manchester City, there was a real verve about Chelsea.

Perhaps it was due to the return of N’Golo Kante, or thanks to Eden Hazard not playing in a false nine role and being deployed behind Olivier Giroud.

In the build-up to the Crystal Palace home game, Antonio Conte had warned Eden Hazard that he might be deployed as a false nine again.

Perhaps as early as Barcelona away this coming Wednesday?

Willian opened the scoring. A Martin Kelly own goal made it 2-0. Patrick van Aanholt scored in the final seconds.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 16: Pedro of Chelsea celebrates with team mate Olivier Giroud after scoring his team’s second goal of the game during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on February 16, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Will Olivier Giroud start for Chelsea at Barcelona?

Whilst Chelsea have plenty to play for in the Premier League and FA Cup, the match at the Camp Nou this coming Wednesday is enormous.

After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Barcelona are strong favourites to defeat their Premier League opponents.

On Saturday, Giroud started the match and was very impressive. Despite the fact Alvaro Morata is considered Chelsea’s first choice striker.

Giroud was super unlucky not to score against Crystal Palace, thanks to some fine blocks by the Crystal Palace defence and goalkeeper.

The former Arsenal striker was withdrawn on 72 minutes with many Chelsea fans hoping Giroud was being rested to start in the Camp Nou.

This feeling was accentuated when Morata came on, got booked and generally failed to impress yet again.

Chelsea fans call for Olivier Giroud to start vs Barcelona

As a result, the message from Twitter, as can be seen below, was pretty clear:

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