Frank Lampard has claimed that Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has given him a selection headache ahead of their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.
The French forward scored the opening goal as the Blues defeated Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon, and is in contention to lead the line on Tuesday.
Tammy Abraham returned from injury at the weekend as a substitute, with the Chelsea top scorer the preferred man to lead the line throughout the current campaign.
Lampard has admitted that Giroud has given him a difficult decision ahead of the visit of Bayern though, following his performance at Stamford Bridge.
“Very pleasing [Saturday] but it’s a tight turnaround after the effort put in,” the Chelsea boss commented in his pre-match press conference, as reported by Football London.
“We need to assess that but how he played was fantastic.
“Not just the goal but the work he did off the ball and how we defended from the front. He is quality and has given me a lot to think of.”
33-year-old Giroud has played a bit-part role during the current season, with just nine appearances for Chelsea this campaign.
The Frenchman’s goal in the 2-1 victory over Spurs on Saturday was his first in the Premier League since April, with Abraham becoming first-choice at Stamford Bridge.
The England international already has two goals in this year’s Champions League, helping his side reach the knockout stages of the competition.
Munich will prove to be a step up in class for Chelsea on Tuesday evening, meaning that it will be a huge decision for the Blues boss.
Abraham is the club’s leading scorer and would be the obvious choice if he is fit enough to start, however Giroud has placed doubt in Lampard’s mind and could force his way into the starting 11.