Olivier Giroud added to his list of spectacular goals with a brilliant overhead kick goal against Atletico Madrid.
Olivier Giroud was the star of the day as Chelsea claimed a crucial 1-0 away victory over Atletico Madrid.
The Frenchman continues to deliver in the Champions League and has now scored six out of Chelsea’s last seven goals in the competition.
In fact, only Didier Drogba (36) and Frank Lampard (25) now have more European goals in the club’s history than the 18 scored by Giroud.
The Frenchman might not score so often but seems to have a thing for scoring vintage goals.
Famous for his Puskas-winning ‘scorpion-kick goal’, Giroud added yet another stunner with an overhead kick goal against Atletico Madrid.
Speaking after the game, the 34-year-old says he didn’t know too much about it.
“I didn’t know what to think about the goal, I was just trying to focus on hitting the ball well,” explained Giroud to the club’s website.
“I love overhead kicks and I was pleased to see the ball hit the back of the net. I had no idea about being offside or not. Mase told me the touch came from the defender. It was not off so it was good for the team and me.”
“We know the importance of the away goal in European competitions. That’s why I am very pleased to help the team to win the game.”
Giroud says Chelsea had full intentions to win the game and will give their very best against the La Liga leaders in the second leg.
“We came with strong intentions to win the game and play our game,” he added.
“We analysed well their game and we knew how we could prevent a goal defensively. We were very strong at the back all together, good defensive shape, we played with more urgency and we deserved it.”
“We faced a very great team and we were very committed. We knew their strengths and we dealt with that. We were confident in our qualities.”
Giroud continued: “We just need now to stay focused.”
“We know they are strong away so we will need to show the same determination. In the Champions League small details count. We will give everything to go through in the second leg.”