Olivier Giroud: Chelsea’s first-choice striker?
After Tammy Abraham’s underwhelming performance against the Hammers on Wednesday, it seemed like the right decision to start Olivier Giroud ahead of the number nine. Before the league was suspended, the Frenchman was having a superb run of games – and he’s fortunately been able to continue this form since the restart. The 33-year-old netted the first goal against Watford, slotting one home in the bottom right corner against the Hornets. While Abraham has been struggling to get on the scoresheet and has appeared unconvincing in recent games, Giroud has proven his professionalism, acting as Chelsea’s main target man. The World Cup Winner may have scored a couple more on Saturday night, had Ben Foster not produced some great saves in the match.
Another Fine Performance By Pulisic
Although it may seem repetitive, we have to give credit, once again, to Christian Pulisic for his superb performance against Watford. The 21-year-old provided some great chances for the Blues and was able to win another penalty, helping to put us ahead by two goals before half-time. The talented youngster has really shown his magic in recent games, being able to confidently dribble past past the opposition and get into the danger areas. He’s definitely proven his worth to Frank Lampard – and will be one of the first men on the teamsheet for our upcoming games.
Willian Gets on the Scoresheet Again…
Having scored both a penalty and a free-kick during our last match against West Ham, it was a pleasure to see Willian get on the scoresheet once again. This time round, the Brazilian was able to score another penalty, confidently putting the ball in the top right corner after Pulisic was brought down by Etienne Capoue. That’s now four goals in three Premier League games since the restart, with the 31-year-old currently playing a vital part in Chelsea’s victories.
Mason Mount Puts in the Work
Speaking of vital players for Chelsea, Mason Mount was able to demonstrate how important he is in Saturday’s game – claiming man of the match for his performance. The 21-year-old was able to provide an intelligent pass to Ross Barkley, who then assisted Giroud’s opening goal. Throughout the game, the Englishman showed off his creativity, energy and work rate – and has been one of Chelsea’s more consistent performers this campaign.
A Clean Sheet for the Blues
A clean sheet doesn’t come along very often for the Blues – so when it does, we’re always pleasantly surprised. Although Watford didn’t offer much going forward, the changes in defence made by Lampard from the previous game (including bringing both Kurt Zouma and Reece James in for Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso) may have had something to do with the result. Zouma’s return was greeted by great optimism and James also looked confident, given his shaky start since the league was resumed. Hopefully, Lampard will be opting for his this back four in the future, with Chelsea’s defence being able to successfully defend a couple of set pieces from Watford at the Bridge.