Lampard must start Giroud vs Bayern after being made to look foolish

first_imgOLIVIER GIROUD sunk Spurs and made Frank Lampard look a bit foolish.The France frontman has been snubbed by his Chelsea boss for most of the season.2 Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for Chelsea.Credit: EPAEven when other Blues strikers were injured or misfiring, Giroud still could not get a look in.Well, it appears Lampard got it very badly wrong.The gaffer will be relieved a man after seeing his side claim their first Premier League win in five matches.He should also feel a bit sheepish as the victory was thanks largely to the man he has overlooked for so long.Indeed had Chelsea managed to sign a striker in January then Giroud would not even still be at the club.The Les Bleus ace had offers on the table from Inter Milan, Lazio and, ironically, Tottenham and Chelsea said he could leave if they brought in a replacement, which they did not.So Giroud was made to stay.To his credit he never once sulked or spoke out against his employer, despite his obvious frustration.And when he was handed just his fourth start of the season against Spurs he showed he is a class act on the field too.CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the BluesHe fired Chelsea ahead in the 15th minute with a stunning driven finish, which beat his France skipper Hugo Lloris at his near post by virtue of its power and precision.His tenacity in beating Toby Alderweireld to get his head to Cesar Azpilicueta’s thrown then led to Marcos Alonso scoring the hosts’ crucial second.And while most of the talk will be about Lampard getting one over his master Jose Mourinho, it was Giroud who actually made it happen.The signs were there when the forward came off the bench against Manchester United and scored a fantastic header which was ruled out by VAR.Not even technology could deny Giroud against Tottenham as replays showed he timed his run to perfection in the build up to his goal – his first in the Premier League for 325 days.2 Frank Lampard’s side are now four points clear of TottenhamCredit: AP:Associated PressMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsHe rightly received a standing ovation when he was replaced by Tammy Abraham in the 71st minute.If there is any justice Giroud will keep his place in Lampard’s line-up for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 first leg tie at home to Bayern Munich.Although on this evidence you have to wonder why he was left out of the Chelsea team in the first place.last_img read more

Four youths won’t be charged in stabbing

first_imgJane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, said no charges were filed against the four because none carried weapons. “The victim allegedly started a fight,” she said. “We did reject charge against the four because there was insufficient evidence to file any charges.” Police had reports of several men running from the pier just after the stabbing. The group was found in a parking lot in the 1100 block of Pacific Coast Highway, police said. In all, six persons were arrested in connection with the incident. They were identified as Andrew Alvarado, 18, Kenneth Scialpi, 21, Gabriel Fernandez, 18, and Daniel Fernandez, 21, all from West Covina. Michael Tejada, 20, of Temple City was also arrested. A 17-year-old, who was not identified, was released to his parents, authorities said. Prosecutors have filed one count of assault with a deadly weapon against Scialpi. Bail was set at $80,000. He is due in court on June 21 for a preliminary hearing. frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2717160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – Four of five men arrested in connection with a Santa Monica Pier stabbing have been released without charges being filed against them, prosecutors said Thursday. A fifth man was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and was released on bail, according to court records. The men, from West Covina and Temple City, were visiting the pier May 17, when they were involved in an altercation with a homeless man, said Mitchell Alvarado, father of Andrew Alvarado, 18. “Basically the boys went down there, and they were hanging out when a homeless gang member confronts one of the boys,” Mitchell Alvarado said. “The gang member swings at him. It ended up being a big fight and they think one of the kids stabbed the homeless guy.” last_img read more