Let us hope Olivier Giroud does not get into trouble with these utterances.

Antonio Conte does not look a coach that tolerates his players criticizing his tactics or selection.

The Italian has sometimes preferred to use Hazard as a false nine – or start with £60m signing, Morata for Chelsea.

But Giroud believes playing Eden Hazard up front does not work for Chelsea.

Could this be why the France striker has scored just once since arriving at Stamford Bridge from Arsenal in January?

As quoted by The Mirror, he said: "For me, the competition is with Morata. We can be made to play with Eden up front but it is very rare and it really hasn't borne fruit.

"There is always competition and it is necessary because I need that to continue to progress. I like challenges. After Montpellier, there was the choice of Arsenal and another club.

"My agent asked me if I was sure I wanted to go to Arsenal. I replied: 'Of course, it is that or nothing, even if there is Van Persie, the star of the club because I know I will have my chance'. I really wanted to go there. And then Van Persie left.

"But my choices have never been motivated by the easiest thing to do or the money. And until now, these sporting choices have proved to be rather good and rewarding.

"The situation at Arsenal could not have been worse and it was really a step forward. With Chelsea, I think I have surprised people.

“I have come to the English club which has won most title over the last 10 years – that says everything."

Perhaps, Conte should see this more as a motivated Giroud stating his readiness to compete with Alvaro Morata for the centre-forward role.

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