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Ex-Chelsea boss Hoddle: Giroud was out of this world, he was brilliant

Former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle was amazed by the four-goal performance of Olivier Giroud at Sevilla last night.

Giroud, who is being linked with a move to Italy after his representative recently hit out at Frank Lampard for using the French striker so sparingly, was at his brilliant best on Wednesday night as he netted four times - which included a perfect hat-trick - against Sevilla to help Chelsea secure top spot in Group E.

"He was out of this world, he was brilliant," Hoddle told BT Sport before calling for the striker to start against Leeds on Saturday.

"We said before the game he has to be given a chance to start and that's why because he is that good. He has to start at the weekend now, he's scored four goals. I'm not sure Frank would have had him pencilled in to play against Leeds but my word what a performance, different class."

Hoddle added: "Take his goals away, his all-round performance was excellent but when the goals come - and like or it not Leeds that's how he's going to be at the weekend - he can't wait to get back out on the football pitch again.

"He had a radar on him, people were playing the ball into him, he was flicking them and he's got that confidence and belief and it's very hard to leave him out now and he's earned that by scoring four goals and playing the way he did.

"He is a great asset and people look at him as just a target man but he is so much more than that."

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