Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has praised Olivier Giroud for his indefatigable performance after the striker scored an overhead kick that gave the London side an away win over Atletico Madrid in their Champions League last 16 first leg on Tuesday.
The French international overhead kick goal the 68th minute was enough to secure a 1-0 victory at Arena Nationala in Bucharest.
Arena Nationala in Bucharest served as the home ground for Athletico de Madrid instead of the well known Wanda Metropolitano due to travel restrictions inflicted by the pandemic.
The goal was subjected to a lengthy VAR check and it eventually became the 34-year-old’s sixth goal in the Champions League this season.
Tuchel said: “If you see him on a daily basis, you cannot be surprised. He is totally fit, his body is in shape and his physicality is on top level.
“Mentally I have really the feeling he enjoys every day being a professional soccer player on this level and this is the level he needs to be.
“He trains like a 20-year-old, like a 24-year-old. He is a guy who has a good mixture of serious and joy in training. He is always positive and it is a big factor for the group.
“He starts, when he comes from the bench, he has all these qualities and it is good like this.”
Chelsea recovered from a nervy start in Romania to dominate the majority of the game and prevented the La Liga leaders from having a single shot on target.