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‘Let his football do the talking’ – National media’s verdict on Chelsea’s late win over Rennes

Chelsea are through to the Champions League knockout stage with two games to spare after a 2-1 win over Rennes.

Substitute Olivier Giroud secured the win in the 91st minute in a game the Blues were perhaps fortunate to win.

It looked like the French side had earned a hard-fought draw through Serhou Guirassy who headed home in the 85th minute, cancelling out Callum Hudson-Odoi’s opener.

Fellow Group E pacesetters Sevilla also won last night and they join Frank Lampard’s side in the last-16.

Both sides have 10 points whereas Rennes and Krasnodar sit on one point.

Here is what the national media thought of Chelsea’s win.

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Daily Mail

Sami Mokbel wrote for the Daily Mail how Giroud still has a part to play for Chelsea despite being linked with a move away from the club.

He wrote: “When quizzed about Olivier Giroud’s future on Monday, Frank Lampard replied: ‘I still think he’s got a big contribution for us.’

“The Chelsea manager obviously knew something the rest of us didn’t.

“Lampard was responding to assertions from Mickael Manuello, the France striker’s agent, who had indicated his client will look to leave in January due to a lack of game time.

“Fair play to Giroud, he let his football do the talking in Rennes on Tuesday.

“Whether the France international is prepared to settle for a bit-part role at Stamford Bridge will come out in the wash.

“What we do know, however, is Chelsea have qualified for the Champions League knockout stages courtesy of an injury-time goal from their unsettled World Cup winner.”

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The Guardian

Tumaini Carayol wrote for the Guardian that Giroud stepped up after Timo Werner’s off night.

He wrote: “Olivier Giroud had the final word on home soil as he marched on to the pitch as a late substitute and provided the winning header in the dying…

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