Chelsea’s Tuchel pays tribute to professionalism of Giroud
LONDON (UK) – Thomas Tuchel, the manager of Chelsea, applauded the professionalism of veteran French forward Olivier Giroud on Tuesday after his overhead kick gave his side a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
The 34-year-old’s heroic effort in the 68th minute in the Romanian capital gave Chelsea the advantage going into the second leg of their last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge on March 17.
Tuchel said it was a pleasure working with the player, who has netted 11 goals for Chelsea in all competitions this season, on the training ground.
“He trains like a 20-year-old,” Tuchel added. “He is a guy who has a good mixture of serious and joy in training.
“He is always positive and it is a big factor for the group.
“He enjoys every day being a professional soccer player on this level and this is the level he needs to be.”