Here is Chelsea’s morning recap for Wednesday 16 December.
The former Arsenal man observed the Giroud meeting
Former Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny admitted trying to persuade Olivier Giroud to join him at French club Bordeaux last January as the Chelsea striker tried to seal an exit from Stamford Bridge.
As the end of the window approached, Giroud has been heavily linked to a West London club exit, with news of a potential move to both Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
However, Koscielny has now revealed that he tried to get Giroud to reunite with himself in the couple’s homeland.
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Koscielny said: “Yes, that’s right. I tried. Oli didn’t come and I totally respect his choice.”
Giroud has established himself as a key player in Frank Lampard’s squad at Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, scoring once again in last night’s 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.
Lampard criticizes the Blues players who follow Wolves’ backhand
Blues manager Lampard criticized his players for not following the instructions on board after last night’s defeat to Wolves, suggesting they played directly into the hands of Nuno Espirito Santo’s team.
Despite remaining behind with a goal from Giroud right after half-time, the Wolves turned the game around thanks to goals from Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto, with the latter scoring a winner in the 95th minute.
The livewire conducted a quick counterattack and buried a low shot out of Edouard Mendy’s reach to inflict a second straight defeat on the Blues.
“We haven’t played enough. It’s simple enough,” Lampard said in his post-match press conference. “The threat of the wolves is clearly the counterattack and it is a major threat from what they have.
“It’s the main one because they have speed and quality in attacking. The players knew it before the game, the players knew it in-game but we allowed some counter attacks.
“If you allow a team to exploit their strengths, you could lose that game.”
Scholes doubts the chances of the Blues title
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes Chelsea will fall short of Liverpool and Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title this season.
Scholes made the pre-kickoff admission at Molineux last night, outlining his reasons why he believes Liverpool and City have the edge over Lampard’s troops.
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He told Amazon Prime: “I’m not sure, to be honest with you. I think they’re a really good team and I think what Frank has done has been excellent last season and this one.
“But I think they will be a little lower than Liverpool and Manchester City. I still think they are the teams to beat.
“I still think he has a couple of problems [with the squad], I’d say. Thaigo Silva is 36 years old. He will have to handle it carefully to get through the matches because he will want him to play in all the important matches.
“There is no doubt that he brought back solidity to Chelsea together with the goalkeeper.
“Also it can [Tammy] Abraham and [Olivier] Did Giroud find that combination up there? “