Olivier Giroud: ‘David de Gea should have saved my FA Cup opener’

Olivier Giroud has admitted that David de Gea should have done better on saving his opener in the FA Cup semi-finals and that his goal was ‘a bit lucky’. Chelsea beat Manchester United 3-1 thanks to goals from Giroud, Mason Mount and an own goal by Harry Maguire. Giroud felt Chelsea were the deserved winners, but also benefited from De Gea’s errors.

Giroud scored the first goal of the game just before half-time. “I try to stay in front of my defender and Azpi had time to cross the ball well, and I like to take it with the outside of the left. I was a bit lucky in the end because it was a bit on David De Gea, it was so close, but it went quick and I think that is why he didn’t save it.”

Chelsea lost three games to United this season, but Frank Lampard’s side stood their ground in the semi-final. “It is true we lost three games against them, even if we played sometimes very well,” said Giroud. “We have been punished for different mistakes and the team took the chance to do something about it by not making the same mistakes again, with a lot of discipline, focus and aggression in the pressing.”