France team: Giroud-Benzema, Deschamps has not changed his mind


Despite Olivier Giroud’s summons on Thursday, Didier Deschamps is staying the same as the 2022 World Cup approaches. The Blues coach only called up the AC Milan striker because of Karim Benzema’s withdrawal.

France team: Giroud-Benzema, Deschamps has not changed

Didier Deschamps still fears the moods of Olivier Giroud.

The doors of Clairefontaine are not closed for Olivier Giroud (35). The proof, the French received an invitation before the League of Nations matches against Austria and Denmark (September 22 and 25).

Good news for the Les Bleus striker, rewarded for his interesting start to the season with AC Milan (4 goals in 8 games in all competitions).

Giroud summoned but…

But the Milanese may have already understood that his return to the French team is not only linked to his performance. Karim Benzema’s package (34) largely explains Didier Deschamps’ decision.

The tricolor coach has not changed his mind and considers that his former executive would not accept a role of understudy during the World Cup in Qatar. Giroud useful for a World Cup? You have the right to think so, replied Deschamps Tlfoot. I have always considered that a player who has a status, whatever it is, must have the same status in the French team.

No definitive list

When you have everything and you have half or much less, or you have to settle for crumbs, humanly it is very difficult , repeated the technician, convinced that the moods of Giroud could disturb his group in an already difficult context. Unless Benzema is absent, the former Montpellier player therefore has little chance of competing in the World Cup.

Few chances, and not none, because nothing is excluded if we are to believe Deschamps, whose list for Qatar is absolutely not decided. I do not ask the question, he confided. I never did that. I use a paper pencil and I mostly have an eraser ct. (…) But the fact of anticipating, of having a plan B, C or D, we are there for a. Deschamps’ only certainty is a return to 3-4-3, if possible with Benzema and without Giroud.

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