Olivier Giroud wants to explain himself to Didier Deschamps

What’s next after this announcement?

It’s a comeback that few people saw coming. Olivier Giroud was called up by Didier Deschamps last Saturday to replace Karim Benzema package against Ivory Coast (March 26) and South Africa (March 29) in a friendly. The 35-year-old striker had not been seen in the blue shirt since his elimination to Switzerland in the European Championship round of 16 last summer. The history in the France team seemed to be coming to an end for which he scored 46 goals in 110 selections, especially after statements here and there from the Milanese and the coach.

The latter had had a hard time accepting the comments made during Giroud’s preparation for the European Championship, reproaching some, without naming them, that the balls did not always arrive. Something had broken. “The coach sent me a message for my birthday (September 30). I think it was the day before he was listed for the Nations League Final 4. we remember. Since then, there hadn’t been much. Until that last phone call last Saturday.”acknowledges Giroud in an interview granted to The team this Tuesday.

Giroud wants to discuss with Deschamps

His return to form at AC Milan also has something to do with this new call (11 goals and 4 assists in 29 games in all competitions) but it’s not all settled yet according to the player. He wants to have a discussion with Didier Deschamps to start from scratch. It was going to take place on Monday night but Griezmann’s birthday party was planned longer, to the delight of the Blues, very happy to meet again. You will have to find another niche.

“We have never spoken face to face since the European Championship. Even if many things have already been digested, there is this need to talk between responsible adults. I accepted certain things, I always moved on. The coach knows my state of mind. He knows that I am fresh, available and always at 200% with the France team. I always told myself that there would be better days through hard work, sacrifice and perseverance. I’ll be happy to have this discussion with the coach. I will listen to what you still have to tell me.”assures the milanese.

Fight against egos and status

Deschamps was always wary of changing the statutes. For him, a former starter will always find it difficult to accept a new replacement role. He prefers to cut the dead branches rather than let the apple rot among the others. And then there is the affective and the relationship between the players. The coach has always put this element at the center of his action, even if that means leaving talents on the sidelines to face less strong players who will not make noise. Here we think directly of Kylian Mbappé and especially of Karim Benzema. Would Giroud have been called without the defection of the madridista?

That’s why we have to talk to the coach. Everything is facilitated by communication. I need you to tell me what you expect of me.”Giroud justifies, visibly willing to make many concessions to return and reinstall himself in the group from France to Qatar. “I am ready to deal with everyone and on all systems. (…) The French team remains above all a collective force, with extraordinary team cohesion. The France team worked well with me. She was fine without me too. I am convinced that, whatever the tactical device or the players, there is a lot of talent to continue having great ambitions.

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