Olivier Giroud hoping Chelsea can 'keep up momentum' against Leeds United

The Chelsea striker wants Frank Lampard's team to keep their good form going.

Friday, 4th December 2020, 4:30 pm

Olivier Giroud is hoping Chelsea can keep momentum up when they welcome Leeds United to Stamford Bridge this weekend.

Marcelo Bielsa's outfit travel to the capital on Saturday evening in Premier League action.

The Leeds boss will renew rivalries with Frank Lampard, as the pair go head-to-head in the top flight for the first time after meeting four times in the Championship when the former England midfielder was in charge at Derby County.

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud. (Getty)

Chelsea enter the game off the back of an impressive 4-0 victory over Sevilla in the Champions League, where striker Giroud bagged all four goals including a perfect hat-trick.

The Blues are unbeaten since late September in all competitions, a run which was extended to 15 games in midweek.

United returned to winning ways last time out at Everton, having gone three outings without a victory before the trip to Goodison Park.

Summer signing Raphinha handed Bielsa's men victory and Leeds are hoping to get another positive result against a tricky opponent.

Giroud, who could start his first Premier League fixture this season if selected, says the Blues are aiming to continue their good form as they welcome back fans for the first time since March.

"We are working hard in training to improve and reach our targets," he explained.

"Our ambition is to compete with the best teams in the Premier League, and in the Champions League to go as far as we can.

"We have shown we have a great squad and we can count on a lot of talented players. It will give us the opportunity to play in both competitions.

"We are doing a great job and we need to keep the momentum up. It’s been a long time, we have missed our fans.

"Football is not the same sport, the passion is not the same without fans, so we are looking forward to Saturday and hope we have a nice welcome for them."

The striker's impressive form in midweek has given Lampard a selection headache against the Whites.

Chelsea's head coach has opted to use Tammy Abraham as a lone forward, but could change tact after the 34-year-old's recent form.

"The gaffer gave me the opportunity to play," Giroud said.

"I hope I will have more opportunities again because I think I’ve shown him that I am ready to fight for the team.

"We all want to be on the pitch but we have a great squad."