Olivier Giroud has admitted he was left cursing to himself after struggling to tackle Eden Hazard during his first training session at Chelsea.
The France striker, who is preparing for games against Holland and Uruguay over the next week, moved to Stamford Bridge from rivals Arsenal back in January.
Giroud had come up against Hazard on a number of occasions prior to his £18million switch, but he was stunned by Hazard’s ability to keep hold of the ball after witnessing him up close at the club’s Cobham training base.
‘When I discover Eden Hazard in training for my first session at Chelsea. I told myself: “F***ing hell, it’s hard to get the ball off him”,’ Giroud told French daily newspaper Le Figaro.
‘Sometimes, there’s two or three players around him and he still manages to get out in tight spaces.
‘He’s a magician, he’s impressive. Now, I’ve started to know him and I don’t find myself near him. It’s better for him and for me.’