Dynamo Kiev vs. Chelsea - Football Match Report

Olivier Giroud- 'Will I settle for being a substitute? No chance' – Olivier Giroud insists he will fight for starting place in Chelsea XI

Olivier Giroud- 'Will I settle for being a substitute? No chance' – Olivier Giroud insists he will fight for starting place in Chelsea XI

Most importantly he's a goal threat too with four goals and three assists with his limited action in Sarri's team, so deploying him from the start on Thursday against Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League last-16 second leg tie could be a great way to boost his confidence.

The Blues thrashed the Ukrainian outfit 5-0 at the Olympyskiy Stadium to clinch their biggest away win of the season, with Olivier Giroud bagging a marvellous hat-trick.

"He did very well. It's really very risky for injuries", Sarri told reporters. "He has been able to train after the problem with the back".

"His potential as a player is very, very, high". Physically, technically and tactically he is improving.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was delighted with his side's performance, hailing their first-half efforts in particular.

Giroud completed his flawless hat trick - goals with the left and right foot and one with his head - in the 59th minute with a towering header from a Willian free kick to make it 4-0 as the rout continued.

Giroud completed his treble before the hour mark, and goals from Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi mean that Chelsea progress through to the quarter-finals by an 8-0 aggregate scoreline.

The Premier League side will now await Friday's draw to see who they will face in the quarterfinals, with a spot in the Champions League on offer for the victor of the second-tier European continental tournament.

"We played a wonderful first half and managed the game in the second half".

The home side were offering very little going forward, and Chelsea soon found their second of the evening as Giroud produced a confident first-time finish from eight yards after getting on the end of Alonso's low cross.

"We scored after five minutes which was a very hard situation for the opponents".

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