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Sarri confirms who will start up front for Chelsea against PAOK out of Morata and Giroud

Olivier Giroud might have been superb in Chelsea’s 4-1 victory over Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon however that is not going to guarantee himself a starting spot over Alvaro Morata.

The Frenchman got his first start under Maurizio Sarri at the weekend and got two assists in the first half with Eden Hazard finishing off the moves, and his link-up play was superb throughout the whole match.

Meanwhile, Morata has struggled for form somewhat with a solitary strike against Arsenal and performances that have not quite been at his best once again from the Spaniard, but he is set to get another chance.

However, despite many fans thinking that Giroud is now going to be the number one starter, Sarri has confirmed that the man up top would be Morata for the opening Europa League game at PAOK on Thursday.

“I don’t know [who will be the Premier League starter in the future],” Sarri said. “In the last two weeks I have seen four matches of Cardiff and four matches of PAOK Salonika and for me, yesterday I thought Giroud was more suitable for this match and Morata more suitable for the other.

“I don’t know now who will be the striker of the future. I think both, because we have to play 60 matches. For characteristics they are different, it depends on the kind of match.

“Today he played very well without scoring, but very useful for his teammates I think.”