With the big game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime, here are the reasons why Giroud should be the main striker in that game.

The Frenchman is physically fresh, having decided to have an early shower on Wednesday, he is therefore at full power and raring to go.

He will want to prove his detractors wrong. As there is a current wave of Giroud bashing going round with unwarranted criticism, he will be motivated to prove his worth.

An important parameter is that the referees in England are lenient and he can get away with his usual physical play that is not allowed in the Champions League.

Giroud is also a team player and when on the pitch, he allows the other players to move around him with his ball holding skill and lay-offs.

With him on the pitch, Chelsea will play a higher line as he is obviously not a quick forward so the wingers will have plenty of space to run behind the Blues’ defence.

And the main reason… because he is handsome, French and he is worth it .

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