The France international produced a wonderful overhead kick in the 68th minute to secure a 1-0 victory at Arena Nationala in Bucharest, with coronavirus travel restrictions preventing the tie taking place at the Wanda Metropolitano.
While 34-year-old Giroud had to wait for a lengthy VAR check, the goal was eventually given and it was his sixth in the competition this season after a crucial late effort at Rennes and a four-goal haul at Sevilla in the group stage.
This time, the 34-year-old is having serious doubts about his future amid manager Tuchel’s arrival.
The German is only at the start of his Chelsea cycle and, after keeping Giroud to a restricted role since being appointed in January, the striker fears for his minutes in the long-term.
What’s more, Giroud is reportedly unwilling to entertain Chelsea’s offer which is on the table.
Talks have not begun, but the Blues are willing to give him a short-term extension if he agrees to a bit-part role.
Giroud has only started three games under Tuchel since the coach arrived in January. Furthermore, he has not featured in the starting line-up since the FA Cup win over Sheffield United in March.