In-form Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has been picking out the teammates he most likes to receive a cross from, with the Frenchman enjoying plenty of good service from the wings

Giroud has opened up on which Chelsea teammate provides the best cross (Image: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has picked out the teammates who are capable of providing the best crosses.

Giroud is known for his heading ability and knack of getting on the end of crosses in and around the six-yard box.

And he has been particularly efficient this season, scoring seven times in 12 games across all competitions, despite only making a handful of starts.

The Frenchman was being kept out of the starting XI by Tammy Abraham, but his fine form, including four goals against Sevilla in the Champions League and another against Leeds United in the Premier League, have seen him become a key man for Frank Lampard.

But Giroud is no one man band, relying on high-level service from his teammates to score, and in an interview with the club website, he picked out the teammates who are capable of providing the best crosses.

“Hakim (Ziyech) is more likely to come inside and cross with an inswinger,” he said.

“They are very dangerous for defenders, and for strikers you have to be good with your timing so you’re not offside.

“You need to start from a deeper position nearer the far post to attack the ball from there and be in between the defenders.”

The Frenchman went on to pick out two more players with a dangerous cross, adding: “With Reece (James), and Ben (Chilwell) sometimes but more Reece, he loves to cross with his first intention.

“He doesn’t need to go to the byline to cross the ball. The only thing is to be ready.

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“We have built a good understanding, and we work on it in training.”