Chelsea hosted Hull City at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup for an 8pm kick off on Friday February 16, with the hosts taking a comprehensive four nil victory to take the pressure somewhat back off Antonio Conte.
The goal marked the Frenchman's first since joining the Stamford Bridge outfit from rival Arsenal at the January transfer deadline.
He seized it with typical coolness, calmly shepherding Nouha Dicko into non-threatening areas whenever Hull managed to escape their own half and marshalling the back line with none of the reckless aggression that marked his first exposure to Chelsea's first team. "We lost two games at the end of a busy period".
I said to him: "You're going to miss, I said: "Don't shoot in the middle because Willy won't move, he stays", and then when he missed I said: I told you."
Hull missed the chance to grab a consolation after David Meyler's penalty was saved by Willy Caballero early on in what turned out to be goalless second-half.
And the Brazilian saluted the overall performance of Chelsea, saying they made the game "easy".
"I'm very happy because before the game against Barcelona, I go to my house with many doubts in my mind about what is the best starting XI for the game. They have fantastic characteristics with the ball, but they can have weaknesses without the ball and we have to try and exploit this".
Former Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart struggled in midfield for Hull City against the reigning Premier League champions Chelsea, finding himself incapable of dealing with the strength of Giroud.
By half-time, however, this excitable pre-match chatter had fallen totally flat after his side had been taken apart by the reigning Premier League champions.
And Conte was delighted to have given some of his star players a rest before facing Barcelona and Manchester United in the same week.
Hull City head coach Nigel Adkins in his comparative interview explained. "But now, we must be confident", added the Italian. But what they did in the second half was what we were hoping to do in the first half.
- Chelsea's opener was scored after just 106 seconds, and there were just 288 seconds between the Blues' second and third goals.