Chelsea found the rhythm, after the defeat by Tottenham in the eighth finals of the League Cup, they tied ten matches without defeat, they won the last six. The last in that series, against Rennes in the fourth round of the group stage of the Champions League, signed a goal in the referee's compensation of Olivier Giroud.
The Frenchman is a third option for Frank Lampard this season as well, newcomer Timo Werner and the great Tammy Abraham are ahead of the experienced striker. And he uses it, just like against Rennes, so it is clear that Lampard wants to keep him despite the fact that the 2018 world champion said that he would decide his fate in January and that he could go to be standard, with a desire to fight for a place in the national team at the upcoming European Championship.
"I have a problem, because I have Abraham who plays well, like last year. I also have Giroud and he always contributes with great professionalism. Two players in a similar position are fighting for a place. That's a good problem.
Giroud will get minutes because we have a tight schedule, we play twice a week, said Lampard, who clearly wants to keep the Frenchman." Giroud arrived at Stamford Bridge in January 2018 from Arsenal for 17,000,000 euros, recorded 96 games and scored 30 goals, and his contract expires at the end of the season.
January is the last chance for Chelsea to get at least something. Let us remind you, in the previous two transfer periods, clubs from the Premier League, Serie A, France, Scotland were interested in Giroud, so it is not excluded that some of them will be reactivated on the market.
First of all, Inter and Lazio.
Speaking of more experienced Chelsea players, newcomer Thiago Silva has been thrilled with the games lately and there is every chance that he will stay in London for more than one season.
The experienced Brazilian, who arrived as a free agent from Paris Saint-Germain before the end of the summer, has a contract until June 2021, and as Sky Sports reports, he has convinced the management to extend his cooperation with good games in nine games so far in all competitions.
The Blues have an option according to which they can automatically extend their cooperation with Thiago Silva until the summer of 2022 at the club, and there is every chance that they will use it. Negotiations with the former player of Milan and Paris Saint-Germain have not started yet, it is expected that the player and the leaders will sit at the table after Christmas and then settle the details of the cooperation.