“I don’t want to embarrass him” Tuchel says about how he plans to ‘close the gap’ with Olivier Giroud’s style

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“I don’t want to embarrass him” Tuchel says about how he plans to ‘close the gap’ with Olivier Giroud’s style

Tuchel compares Giroud to Cavani

Thomas Tuchel has seen a number of striking options used under his tenure already with Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner both given opportunities.

However, it was Olivier Giroud who stepped up in the Champions League to score a wonderful strike against Atletico Madrid to send Chelsea back to London with the one goal advantage and an away goal on their scorecard.

Tuchel has since compared his French forward with Edinson Cavani whom he managed during his time as PSG coach.

“I don’t want to embarrass him” Tuchel says about how he plans to ‘close the gap’ with Olivier Giroud’s style

BELGRADE, SERBIA – DECEMBER 11: Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Red Star Belgrade and Paris Saint-Germain at Rajko Mitic Stadium on December 11, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

“Oli is 100 percent fit and has zero percent body fat, just like Edi. Like Oli, he is a player who, as number nine, always helps his team, who is ready to sacrifice himself. And in the box they both are excellent.” he said.

Giroud could again start for Tuchel who face two tough fixtures this week.

Tuchel closing the gap

Since Thomas Tuchel took over he has been working to close the gap with his Premier League competitors for a top four finish, the German coach has amusingly admitted that he has also wished to emulate his French striker’s fashion sense.

The former Dortmund coach admitted that since he arrived he has not had many clothes available to match the heights set by the stylish Frenchman but hinted that is about the change.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Thomas Tuchel the head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 27: Thomas Tuchel the head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

“I’m trying to close the gap, that is, the gap with Giroud At the moment it’s not easy because I just got here with one suitcase. So I don’t have a chance. But I’ll try to fill the gap so that Oli isn’t embarrassed that I’m his coach. I want to don’t embarrass him.”

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3 Leicester City FC 25 17 49
4 West Ham United FC 25 10 45
5 Chelsea FC 25 16 43
6 Liverpool FC 25 11 40
7 Everton FC 24 4 40
8 Aston Villa FC 23 11 36
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10 Leeds United 25 0 35
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20 Sheffield United FC 25 -26 11
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Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
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Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
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