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Chelsea tactical tweak to make all the difference as Olivier Giroud tells pals his plan

Olivier Giroud has a big decision to make. Does he stay at Chelsea, or does he chase more minutes elsewhere?

The 34-year-old France striker is out of contract next summer and desperate to make sure he starts for his country at the Euros.

But Giroud has yet to start, or score, in a Premier League game this season, and has not managed more than 17 minutes off the bench in any one match so far.

It’s been a different story in the Champions League, where his contribution has been massive.

His late goal as a substitute against Rennes helped Chelsea reach the knockout stage, and he followed that up with a four-goal burst on a rare start against Sevilla.

Olivier Giroud’s Chelsea contract is set to expire in the summer
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Is it enough? Time will tell. But a recent tactical tweak by Frank Lampard has opened a window of opportunity for him.

And Giroud has told friends he is determined to try and force his way back into the team on a more regular basis.

He doesn’t want to leave in January, despite renewed interest from the likes of Inter Milan, but feels he may be forced to if his situation does not improve.

So how Lampard treats him over the next few weeks will be key – and there are reasons to be optimistic based on the way the Blues boss is now setting up.

When Chelsea splashed out to bring in Timo Werner during the transfer window, everyone assumed he would start at centre forward.

That’s where the Germany star started out, in the opening games of Chelsea’s campaigns in the Premier League and in Europe.

Frank Lampard has a new plan for Timo Werner and Olivier Giroud
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Chelsea forward Timo Werner has scored eight goals in 16 fixtures this season
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But Lampard is now increasingly using Werner off the left. He has started their last…

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