Veteran Giroud trains like he's 20, says Chelsea boss Tuchel

Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 First Leg - Atletico Madrid v Chelsea - Arena Nationala, Bucharest, Romania - February 23, 2021 Chelsea's Olivier Giroud Inquam Photos via REUTERS/Octav Ganea

(Reuters) - Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel paid tribute to the professionalism of Olivier Giroud on Tuesday after the veteran French forward's overhead kick gave his side a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

The 34-year-old's acrobatic effort in the 68th minute in Bucharest handed Chelsea the advantage going into the second leg of their last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge on March 17.

Tuchel said Giroud, who has scored 11 goals for Chelsea in all competitions this season, was a joy to work with on the training field.

"He trains like a 20-year-old," Tuchel added. "He is a guy who has a good mixture of serious and joy in training.

"He is always positive and it is a big factor for the group.

"He enjoys every day being a professional soccer player on this level and this is the level he needs to be."

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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