Cape Town - Veteran striker Olivier Giroud says that while he does not
"accept" Frank Lampard's decision to bench him, he will not criticise
the Chelsea manager.
Giroud would have been hoping to play a big role for Chelsea
in attack this season as the transfer ban prevented the club from bringing in a
However, that has not been the case due to the emergence of
young striker Tammy Abraham, who was handed a chance at the start of the season
and has grabbed it with both hands.
Lampard's decision to keep Abraham in the side is totally
justified after he banged in seven goals so far this season, but that does not
mean Giroud has to agree with it.
The Frenchman showed what he is still capable of doing when
scoring for his country against Iceland on Friday night, and was quizzed about
his Chelsea future after the game.
Giroud feels he deserves to play a bigger role, but will not
criticise Lampard for leaving him out.
"Accept it? No, I do not accept it," Giroud told
Le Pelerin. "You do not have to be fatalistic in certain situations. I
have always been respectful and humble. Even if I do not agree with the coach,
I do not criticise him.
"But in myself, I cannot accept it because I know what
I'm worth on a pitch."
Giroud also revealed it was a tough decision to leave
Arsenal for Stamford Bridge, but says he has no regrets over making the move.
The forward remains a key part of Lampard's plans going
forward, but if Abraham continues to bang the goals in then he will have to
continue settling for a bit-part role.
There has been speculation linking him with a return to
France but Chelsea will not be willing to let him go while still under the
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