How Oliver Giroud could fit into Chelsea’s setup



Olivier Giroud may seem to most Chelsea fans as a surprise signing, but the former Gunners striker gives the blues different options in attack. The Frenchman possesses an aerial ability unmatched in the top flight, with the striker scoring more headed goals (21) in the top flight since his arrival in England.

Giroud also has a decent goalscoring record, averaging a goal in every two games – which is impressive considering he has been played more often from the bench in recent seasons. Here are some positions Conte could utilise the big striker.

In the centre of the 3-4-3 formation

Giroud made his debut from the bench against Watford in this position. Although his impact was subdued, however that’s the most likely position he would play as he has the qualities to thrive there.

The Frenchman is good in the air and offers the linkup play which skilful players like Hazard and Willian could take advantage of. This season has seen the Blues play the second highest number of crosses after United this could play to the strength of Giroud, who is a strong header of the ball.

In a 4-4-2 formation with Morata

Conte could try a more attacking formation with Giroud in partnership with Morata. This formation would enable Giroud to be the target man with the Spaniard playing as a second striker. Giroud is less mobile than Morata but a better target man.

Morata would be free to play across the channels with Giroud occupying the opposition Centre defenders. The duo would be a nightmare to opposition defenders aerially with both strikers being accomplished headers of the ball.

In a slightly defensive 4-2-3-1

Conte initial formation in England could be utilised for the Frenchman, where he could be the focal point of attack. Giroud is highly rated for his linkup play, and could bring the likes of hazard and Willian into the game causing havoc for defenders. This could be a good formation in the forthcoming match against Barcelona as the opposition are likely to have more of the ball. Giroud will be useful in holding up play high up the pitch and winning fouls.


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