‘I give massive respect to him’: Antonio Rudiger hails attitude of team-mate Olivier Giroud after battling his way back into Frank Lampard’s plans following failed January exit
- Olivier Giroud has battled his way back into contention at Stamford Bridge
- France international had looked likely to leave and pushed for a January move
- Team-mate Antonio Rudiger has hailed the 33-year-old after he stayed on
Olivier Giroud deserves ‘massive respect’ for his attitude after battlng back into Frank Lampard’s plans following a failed January move, according to Antonio Rudiger.
Giroud did not make a single appearance for Chelsea between November 30 and February 17 as he looked set to leave the club.
Despite talks with the likes of Inter, a move never materialised, despite it seeming apparent he had no future at Stamford Bridge.
Olivier Giroud has been praised for his attitufe by Chelsea team-mate Antonio Rudiger
However, the 33-year-old has kept his head down and worked his way back in, coming off the bench during the 2-0 defeat by Manchester United, before scoring against Tottenham on Saturday after being handed his first start since November.
And Rudiger believes his team-mates work ethic has to be recognised.
‘I give massive respect to him,’ he told the Evening Standard.
‘He was always patient, he never said anything, even when his transfer didn’t go through. He remained humble and worked hard.
Rudiger believes the France striker has shown a great deal of patience at Stamford Bridge
‘And there was also a difference when he came on against United. On Saturday he had a big impact. He is a team player and he always puts himself on the line.
‘He is not only about scoring — he is always putting in the hard work and that is why I am very pleased.’
Chelsea are in Champions League action on Tuesday night when they host Bayern Munich in the first-leg of their last-16 tie.
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