Olivier Giroud revealed that relief was the primary emotion he felt after netting his first Chelsea goal in the 4-0 FA Cup victory over Hull City.
The Frenchman found the net after being teed up by fellow new boy Emerson Palmieri in the first half, adding to a brace from Willian and a strike from Pedro as the Tigers were blown away.
Giroud had failed to net in his three previous appearances for the Blues prior to the match, and had come under the microscope after Michy Batshuayi – the player Chelsea sent on loan to Borussia Dortmund to make room for the Frenchman – scored five times in his first three appearances for his new club.
“To be honest, I was waiting for it,” Giroud told BT Sport at full-time.
“I had a couple of chances in the previous game. It was very important for me to score this first goal and it relieves me a little bit.”
Giroud also spoke about how he’s fitting into Antonio Conte’s team, pointing to his assists as evidence that he’s settled in well despite his new club’s poor recent form.
“You can see the team has good team cohesion and it was very important to bounce back from the two games before, the West Brom game. We’ve been through a disappointing result. It’s very nice. Two clean sheets. Seven goals. Very good for the confidence. It’s what we needed.
“We need momentum. Everything is going in the right way. We’re very pleased with these two last games so let’s carry on.”