EPL: Giroud Explains Difference Between Conte, Wenger, Reveals Why He Joined Chelsea
French striker, Olivier Giroud has revealed one major difference between his former manager at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger and his new boss at Chelsea, Antonio Conte.
The 31-year-old forward found the net for 105 times during his six seasons at Arsenal under Wenger.
He also revealed why he joined the former Champions League winners.
He joined Chelsea for £18million in the January transfer window.
The Frenchman scored his opening goal for Chelsea in a dominant first-half performance against Hull on Friday evening.
Following his deadline day move, Giroud watched Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth from the stands and Conte’s antics in the dugout immediately caught his attention.
Asked about the difference between Wenger and Conte on the touchline, Giroud told BT Sport, “Yeah, from the first game when I was behind bench I was watching the game with big attention.
“But the coach just a few metres from me – it was special.
“You can feel he’s still a player in his head. You can tell he wants to help us on the pitch and he can’t just sit on the bench.
“Strikers need a human relationship with the coach, it’s nice to have confidence with him and you want to give back
On his choice to join Chelsea, Giroud stressed that he joined the Blues in January to win silverware. “I’m here to win trophies and help the team reach our targets,’ he said.
“I know the blue shirt well from the national team. My friends say that it suits me well.”