Olivier Giroud admitted it used to be an enormous “relief” his winner noticed off relegated Norwich to spice up Chelsea’s Champions League bid.
The recalled French striker nodded in Christian Pulisic’s go in first 1/2 stoppage time for his 7th of the season after blowing a number of probabilities.
It ensured Frank Lampard’s much-changed aspect bounced again after a depressing 3-Zero loss at Sheffield United and leaves them 4 issues clear of Champions League soccer subsequent time period.
Third-placed Blues are 4 issues transparent of Leicester and Manchester United, who play every different at the ultimate day.
Giroud, 33, after his fourth function for the reason that re-start, stated: “We really feel reduction now. It used to be necessary to attain ahead of half-time and we have been more than happy with that.
“The team was a bit under pressure and we know we needed that win definitely so we are happy. I lost a bit of confidence but my desire to score was bigger. I tried to stay focused and it was a great cross from Christian.
“I always believe and work hard, it is my motto. I am pleased with that goal to help the team to win the game. We really wanted to bounce back.”
Giroud celebrated via pretending to write down one thing which he defined used to be a nod to taking part in scrabble with compatriot N’Golo Kante.
Chelsea face United subsequent within the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend ahead of a Premier League commute to Liverpool and residential ultimate house recreation with Wolves.
Boss Lampard hailed Giroud, pronouncing: “He is always going to give you that desire. He had a fair few chances or half chances.
“But he is a big character for us and scores important goals for us. When he is in the team we need to use his attributes and get crosses in. He has never given me a problem and always trained brilliantly.
“I told him in January I wanted him to stay and he was fantastic how he handled that.”