Scorer and gorgeous up front, Olivier Giroud seems to rejuvenate every time he wears the blue shirt. Not enough to guarantee him a place in the World Cup in the eyes of Didier Deschamps. But Kylian Mbappe, who hasn’t supported him many times in the past, took a clear stand.
King of the language of wood, Didier Deschamps begins to master this exercise like a charm after more than 10 years at the helm of theFrance team. This can also be understood, the national coach does not aim to move things forward while favoring the life of the group and sports performance, more than the echoes in the press. But this week, Olivier Giroud clearly occupied the media space by announcing that he would do everything possible to be there for the World Cup in Qatar, and that he would not become unlivable if ever ‘DD’ came to consider him as a mere substitute.
In the absence of the injured Karim Benzema, the AC Milan forward has confirmed his fine form. Very present in the attacking front, he often opened the game for Kylian Mbappé, before scoring the team’s second goal with a caprice that he has the secret of. With repeated cheers and an outing to a cheering crowd, Olivier Giroud inevitably dropped points with this performance two months before the World Cup. But Didier Deschamps made it clear that the Milan striker, very close to Thierry Henry’s goalscoring record with the Blues, was not guaranteed to fly to Doha in two months.
Giroud victim of the competition?
“ I didn’t say I was going to deprive myself of it. You draw conclusions. She scored, good for him. He is in an excellent mood, he participated in many offensive animations and actions. As almost always. He has found himself in very, very, very difficult situations in the last few years, with little or no playing time, and every time he was in the France team he made it. He is very good for the France team. I’m very happy for Olivier, he deserves it. If I call him and put him on, it’s to be good and score goals. May he continue to perform well. Did I tell you that he will be there or that he won’t be? Neither one nor the other. We will have to wait until November. He does everything to make sure he’s there, but since there’s a lot of competition for all the positions… “, delivered the national coach. Real competition, but not necessarily at every position, as there are few who can fill the number 9 role behind Karim Benzema with the Blues.
Interesting response from Kylian Mbappé about his role at PSG and EDF: “I play differently, they ask me for other things than at the club, here I have much more freedom. There is a 9 that occupies the defenses in Paris, they ask me to play the pivot , is different” #FRAAUT pic.twitter.com/OUyTxa55B5
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The proof, Kylian Mbappé himself underlined the importance of Olivier Giroud in the tricolor game, and the PSG striker did not hide that he loved this match and the way he knew how to play offensively, with almost total freedom. “ different game. Here they ask me other things in relation to my club. I have much more freedom here. The coach knows that there is a 9 like Oliv’ who occupies the defenses and I can walk and enter the space, ask for balls. In Paris it is different, there is not that. They ask me to do the pivot, it’s different. I am very happy with this game. There was a lot of complicity, with Antoine too “Said Kylian Mbappé, who does not hide that he enjoyed playing with a fundamental player who mobilizes defenses. It is a little less the case of Karim Benzema, who also likes to receive the ball, but it is a debate that Didier Deschamps will have to decide on.