Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud believes that winning the Carabao Cup will help the Blues to get confidence back amongst the squad.
The Frenchman continued his recent flurry of Europa League goals, taking his tally for this season’s competition up to six with a second-half volley against Malmo at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening.
Standing in Chelsea’s and Giroud’s way of winning the Carabao Cup for the first time since the 2014/15 campaign on Sunday are the defending Premier League and Carabao Cup champions Manchester City, who a fortnight ago, thumped the Blues 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium in the league action.
Giroud is aware of the challenge that Pep Guardiola’s side will pose at Wembley Stadium in the final and insists that they must act on what went wrong earlier this month, stressing how important lifting the trophy is to the club.
The 2018 World Cup winner with France said: “It will be a totally different game. We expect a tough game at Wembley, but it is a cup game, it is a final, so we need to take it from a different approach. We know their quality.
“We need to learn from our mistakes, and we need to start stronger than them in the game, don’t give them the opportunity from the start. Be solid, maybe, more defensive and as long as we don’t concede goals, the game can be open, but we will need to be more cautious and focused, maybe, more active and less passive.
“A win would be amazing for us, for our confidence, we need to come back and get some confidence back. We need to win for our fans, as we have had disappointing results in the past few weeks. To finish the season well, we need to do our maximum to win this title because it is a title and it is the final and hopefully, it will be a new start for our fans and for ourselves to get our confidence higher and higher.”
England’s home of football at Wembley is a stadium close to Giroud’s heart, having won the FA Cup a total of four times with his former club, Arsenal and Chelsea combined.
The French forward has also scored twice for the Blues at the stadium and he is hoping that his previous fortunes at the venue of Sunday’s final can give his side the upper hand.
Giroud added: “FA Cup, yes, now League Cup, we will see; it is different.
“It is true that I enjoy playing there. FA Cup games, the semi-finals and finals. It is going to be different this time.
“Let’s see what we can do in the League Cup and hopefully, I will be a lucky charm.”
By Jonty Colman at Stamford Bridge