How good was Olivier Giroud tonight?
“It was an amazing performance, to score four goals at this level, Champions League level, against a really good opponent, then the individual quality of all his goals, I know the last was a penalty, but the team quality and his individual input, rightly he gets a standing ovation as he comes off the pitch. And I’m delighted for him.”
It must also have felt like a complete performance?
“Yeah, just to carry on with Oli, when you play him you know his attributes, it’s important we get a lot of energy around him, people that can run off him and support him.
“He has qualities to hold the ball up obviously and to convert balls in the box like N’Golo puts in.
“So I loved all those parts of us at the top end of the pitch.
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“But to answer the question broadly, to make nine changes in the game and I said before, players were deserving to play, because I’ve seen them training well.
“Some players can get their heads down if they’re not playing lots of minutes, and that’s always the worry when you make that level of changes.
“But the focus and concentration of the team, the moments to suffer which we always will do against a team like this in the first half.
“We dealt with things, we defended well, we were organised, and some of our play was great, whether it was our comfort on the ball, our counter-attacking at pace to cause a threat to them.
“There were so many big pluses from tonight and we need to continue with that.”
Olivier Giroud must have shown again that he is the ultimate professional and a dream to coach?
“Yeah he is, he is the ultimate professional, and I think he’s done that in his career.
“And I think that’s why with Oli you see his numbers for France and in the CL.
“When I came in he wasn’t always a regular before I got here, but as…