Updated: Dec 6, 2020
FT Sevilla 0-4 Chelsea
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had nothing but praise for Olivier Giroud after the Frenchman put four past Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.
Lampard hailed the Blues for how they dealt with the “difficult moments” but was really impressed with the “amazing solo performance from Giroud”.
Speaking to BT Sport after the match at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, Lampard said: "Four goals at this level and the quality of the goals, individual aspects from Olivier [Giroud] and team aspects in the first half, from back to front the team were great, an amazing solo performance from Olivier.
"Delighted with him, delighted with the team. This is a difficult place to come. There were moments in the first half where it was tough and we dealt with it.
"Olivier is reliable, full stop. Not just for us but his international goals for France, he's up there with great French individuals, he's got great statistics.
"I'm not too bothered about that in a way but I am bothered about what he gives us on the pitch. There couldn't be a team-mate there that the players are happier for because of the way Olivier is around the training pitch and in the games."
When asked whether Giroud will feature in Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Leeds this weekend, Lampard replied: "We'll have to see - it's a tight turnaround but it's four goals in a game. It's not just his performance but when you play him and utilise his strengths and his speed, there's a real balance in the rest of the team."
On fans returning at the weekend, the 42-year-old said he is delighted to have them back into the arena.
He asserted: "Delighted to have the fans back with us, there's still a long way to go, it's small numbers in relation to the Premier League stadiums, small baby steps but it's something. The fans have supported us from afar and we appreciate that but we'll be delighted to have them back."