We Played To Win Against Atletico Madrid – Giroud

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Olivier Giroud says Chelsea came into Tuesday’s clash with Atletico Madrid with their eyes on winning, even if it was an away leg at a neutral site.

Giroud scored the game’s lone goal, a stunning second-half bicycle kick that gave Chelsea a massive advantage heading into the second leg.

The Frenchman says that was always Chelsea’s intention, as the Blues were looking to have an edge heading into the second leg at Stamford Bridge.

“We came here with strong intentions to win the game, play our game and we know how we could give them trouble offensively,” he told BT Sport. “We have been strong at the back in the defensive shape and very pleased with the win, it was a deserved win tonight.

“We know the importance of the away goal in European cups so that is why I was pleased to help the team win the game, we managed it well and we were confident but faced a great team and I think we were very committed and knew their main strengths. We dealt with it but we have to stay focused and complete the job.

“Not overconfident, we were confident in our qualities in the game. I did not know what to think about the goal, I just focused on hitting the overhead kick and was pleased to see it go in the back of the net, I had no clue about being offside, Mason Mount said he did not touch the ball. Good for the team, good for me.”

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