The French striker made his first start for his new club since completing his £18million move from Arsenal. "I needed a new challenge and Chelsea was the flawless club for me", Giroud said in an interview. Although the 33-year-old has had a torrid season as part of an underachieving Los Blancos side this term, he recently spoke of his "love" for the club and the city of Madrid, as is now expected to remain with Real for the foreseeable future.
"They are very good on the pitch but they are good guys as well".
Being a player with such a skill set, it's only natural that he keeps getting linked over and over and over again in transfer rumors to Real Madrid; despite the fact he keeps giving the same answer (non-answer really) whenever the query is posed to him. "We have great players and we need to finish in the top four at the end of the season".
"It's simple to have a good understanding with Hazard because he smells the game, he smells the football. He has a lot of defenders around him, so we are free to play around him, myself, Pedro and Willian", Hazard told Sky Sports. The other one, against Watford, drew the Blues level in the game with 10 minutes to go, but Chelsea collapsed drastically and allowed the Hornets to run riot at the end.
Wise wasn't done praising Hazard, who has scored 15 goals this season, and directly contributed to nine more.
The result should not have been in doubt considering the league positions of either teams.
"[Defeating West Brom] was a good response to the two losses in the last two weeks", Hazard said.
"I worked hard in training to be physically ready and to do what the coach asked me to do tactically". The main thing was the calf, when I received a kick from behind.
"I didn't want to go off".
'Obviously I had the studs on my head, and afterwards I needed some stitches at half-time, but I feel okay.
'It was very exciting for me, ' he said of making his first home appearance. "I get used to it".
But it's not just him, we have Alvaro too and I can play as a striker'. Giroud feels Chelsea is the ideal club to further continue his career in the Premier League.
They are placed fourth, 19 points behind the leaders, Manchester City.
"That's why we need the confidence high".