Set aside in the French team since the Euro, Olivier Giroud has only returned on two occasions. But, each time, he knew how to be decisive like Thursday against Austria. What to doubt Didier Deschamps, so inflexible on his case in recent months.
Since the start of 2022, Karim Benzema has missed two selection rallies due to injury. This was the case last March and it is happening again now for the end of the group stage in the League of Nations. Nevertheless, the French team was not struggling in his absence. The top scorer of the last Champions League did not fail since Olivier Giroud was a very good substitute in attack. Scorer twice against Ivory Coast and South Africa six months ago, he did it again against Austria on Thursday evening.
Deschamps opens the door for Giroud
In addition, Giroud knew how to perfectly integrate the blue eleven with a notable influence on the collective game coupled with an irreproachable state of mind. What to go against Didier Deschamps, his coach. The latter believed and proclaimed to everyone that Olivier Giroud could not be satisfied with a role of substitute in blue and was going to weigh down the general atmosphere of the French group. But, it is clear that this justification is finding it increasingly difficult to pass on to journalists and supporters alike. Didier Deschamps even concedes half-wordly, Olivier Giroud is selectable in the current state of things.
💬 Didier Deschamps on Olivier Giroud: “So much the better for Olivier Giroud if he has support around him today. He has always had a collective spirit. Response in early November. » pic.twitter.com/IQcCuXhdDH
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” There is a lot of support for Oliver and he deserves it. It’s factual, I don’t involve players in picking or selecting players. It is not their role. Good for Olivier. At certain times, he could have had that support. Olivier, it’s up to him to maintain. I know what he is capable of doing, he has affinities with players more than others but he has always had a collective spirit. Answer: early November “, he dropped in a press conference this Saturday before Denmark-France. A promise that says a lot about the reversal of the situation managed by Olivier Giroud. Now, with 23 as 26 called up, the presence of Olivier Giroud in the list for the World Cup appears to be a real possibility.