As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Chelsea striker Giroud: We must embrace massive week ahead

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud insists the players will embrace a massive week ahead.

The FA Cup game with Manchester United is followed by a rematch with Manchester City in the League Cup final next Sunday.

Spurs – winners at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 28 years last season – are up after that in the top flight.

Giroud said: “We want to qualify in every single competition, so it is going to be a massive game against Spurs.

“We need momentum and to keep going that way. So we are looking forward to it.

“I have had to deal with pressure throughout my career. I played big games with my clubs and the national team.

“In these kinds of moments, you need to think collectively and be positive.

“In Sweden (against Malmo), that's what we showed on the pitch.

“Even though the score could have been better, we are pleased with the win. We have got strong characters in the team.

“A few players tried to bring leadership to the team and the result showed it worked."

About the author

Paul Vegas

Have your say

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free