Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has promised Olivier Giroud more game-time at Stamford Bridge after the Frenchman netted the winner on Tuesday evening against Rennes.
Chelsea became the first team to advance to the knock out stages of the Champions League after beating Rennes 2-1. Sehrou Guirassy canceled out Callum Hudson-Odoi's opener with five minutes remaining to stoppage time. However, Olivier Giroud, who came in as substituted grabbed the winner for the Blues as they booked a place in the last 16 with two matches to spare.
Giroud has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea with Lampard opting trusting summer signing Timo Werner to lead the Blues attack. The Frenchman has been linked with an exit after France boss Didier Deschamps urged the striker to look for a club that will give him enough playing time or he will be risking the chances of representing the national team in Euro 2022.
However, Lampard has promised the 34-year-old some more game-time in a bid to keep hold of the striker in the January transfer window.
Speaking to BT Sport, Lampard said, "Oli will get his minutes because we have a busy schedule, we play every few days. I made a few changes today because I felt he had to get the freshness in the team.
"I think the reason you see such a reaction around the goal, not only was it in the last minute but someone like Oli you see how he acts day in, day out and it shows you what he means to this team."
The former Arsenal man is under contract with the Blues until the end of the season but his desire to secure a place in France’s squad for Euro 2020 could force the striker to move elsewhere to get the game time he needs.