Although Olivier Giroud did not get enough game time this season, Frank Lampard has stressed Giroud's importance to his plans.
to be sent into theChampions League
last 16 as he scored in the last minute in the game against Rennes.
Before Giroud’s score, it seemed that Serhou Guirassy, who scored the equalizer, rescued a point for his side in the 85th minute.
But Giroud, who replaced Tammy Abraham in the second half, changed everything for the Blues and gave his side a 2-1 win.
Not getting enough game time has frustrated Giroud. He has only made one total start and played just 36 minutes in the Premier League.
However, Chelsea manager
praised Giroud’s performance and professionalism.
"The things behind the scenes, everybody kind of feels from the outside to be fair what a great professional he is and how highly regarded he is by his team-mates and myself," Lampard said.
"So for him to get a goal, you saw the reaction of his team-mates, he's so professional in how he trains and looks after himself that age isn't even a factor for him. He's getting better with age if anything in terms of how he looks after himself.
"So he offers a lot for us and I keep saying it but the big schedule coming up and the way we play means I will rely on players. So thankfully for me, he's a player that always keeps the right attitude if he's not playing regularly, and I know when I call upon him that he comes in as he did today.”
Chelsea is going to have a packed schedule in December and Lampard emphasized the importance of Giroud to his plans.
"It is selection issues for me," Lampard said. "We need that. We need that with playing every three days, maybe at Christmas we are playing every two days unless the schedule gets sorted out.
"With Oli, it is hard to say I have to prove it to him. I have to look at it game by game and play him to get the best for us. At the moment, Tammy is in great form as well. I think Oli knows how much I am happy with him. I hope he knows how much I rely on him.
"Every player wants to play every game and that's an impossible part of my job to keep them all happy but hopefully he knows and feels content. He got minutes, he came on today and there will be games where he starts for us as well."