Olivier Giroud has admitted that Chelsea face a Champions League mission impossible in Munich in three weeks time. But the Chelsea striker revealed he was happy for his ex-Arsenal team-mate Serge Gnabry, who had a torrid time at the Emirates but is now shining for the German giants.
Gnabry scored twice for Bayern as they demolished Chelsea in the first leg of the last 16 tie at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night 3-0, and Frank Lampard’s team now seemingly face at best a damage limitation exercise in Germany on March 18.
Giroud, who kept his place in the team after scoring against Tottenham on Saturday, said: “It’s going to be almost impossible.
“But we need to go there with belief, to believe that we can score. You never know.
“They scored three here, so we need to go there and score three and not concede. I’m not joking.
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“We have nothing to lose, we’re going to play our game maybe with more freedom. They are a team with a lot of experience. When I was on the pitch I was thinking ‘everything is so smooth’.
“They have played together for a very long time, they have a very good understanding with each other. They played well and you have to recognise this.
“But you don’t have to keep your head down. We’ve got to bounce back as soon as possible.
Giroud added: “They were the better team. Even if in the first half we could have done better because we had opportunities to score.
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We need to go there with belief, to believe that we can score. You never know
Chelsea star Olivier Giroud
“But when you concede two goals in four minutes it’s very hard to come back psychologically, to turn the game.
“They played a very good game, and they are a very good team.”
As for the electric Gnabry, who played only ten games for the Gunners in four years after joining them as a 16 year old, Giroud said: “I told him I was pleased for him. I played with him at 16 and he was not mature enough, but obviously at 16 nobody is.”
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