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Olivier Giroud leaves Chelsea dreaming of 2012 repeat with Sevilla super-show

The last time Chelsea won four Champions League games in a row they went on to win the trophy.

And after winning their fourth European game on the spin in Seville, four goal hero Olivier Giroud might just have them dreaming again.

Giroud, 34, has become Chelsea’s lucky charm in this competition as he bagged a perfect hat trick – left foot, right foot and header.

And then a late penalty for good measure.

It was also a perfect centre forward’s display as he led the line brilliantly as Chelsea put on a masterclass performance to make European football’s big guns sit up and take notice.

Sevilla have only lost four games in 18 games against English opposition, it is only the second time they have lost at home to English opposition and this is a team with a real European pedigree.

Giroud and Lampard celebrate after his fourth goal

But Chelsea were able to make nine changes, bring in a raft of fringe players and still have enough quality and experience to beat last season’s Europa League winners.

Giroud was man of the match and Chelsea are riding a wonderful wave of confidence and belief which can carry them towards major silverware this season.

Incredibly, Giroud will still most likely be back on the bench against Leeds on Saturday which only goes to prove how much strength they have in reserve.

Giroud has now scored 17 goals in Europe, more than any other Chelsea player since he arrived at the club in 2018 while Frank Lampard’s men are unbeaten in 15 games in all competitions.

What a night for Giroud and Chelsea

Victory secured top spot in Group E, potentially an easier draw in the last 16 and they are also in great shape in the Premier League as they are third and just two points off the top.

In a season when it might be about which team has enough in reserve, Chelsea have got plenty of it.

They won this trophy back in 2012 as a surprise package and you could not bet against them shocking Europe again when they are capable of results like these.

It was also a night of records.

Giroud was the first player since Peter Osgood in 1971 to score four goals in a game.

The second to score four for an English team after Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2004.

And the second Frenchman after Bafetimbi Gomis got four for Lyon in 2011.

A huge night for the Blues hitman

Chelsea’s opening goal came after just eight minutes when it was Kai Havertz, Germany’s biggest young prospect, who darted forward and drove into the box.

His clever lay-off found Giroud who switched the ball onto his favoured left foot and lifted the ball past Sevilla’s rookie keeper Alfonso Pastor.

Sevilla started the second half strongly, put Chelsea on the back foot and the visitors had to defend well and yet that is when Lampard’s men found another gear and another goal after 54 minutes.

Jorginho turned and found some space in midfield, Mateo Kovacic threaded through a ball to Giroud who then cleverly dinked the ball over keeper Pastor with an exquisite finish, done with all of his years of composure.

The third goal came after 74 minutes. Lampard was beginning to ring the changes but there was no way that Giroud wanted to come off with more goals to be had.

Substitute N’Golo Kante broke down the right wing, put over a near post cross and there was Giroud to head home at the near post.

There was still time for another. Giroud was nearly unstoppable and Sergi Gómez found the only way to stop him getting another was to drag him down in the box.

Up stepped Giroud again and swept home into the top corner.

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