In an interview with L’Equipe this Friday, the Blues coach defended his striker against criticism.
After the warning, it’s time for hug therapy. New proof, moreover, that everything is going very quickly in football. Last November, Didier Deschamps did not hesitate to jostle Olivier Giroud, placarded at Chelsea and lacking rhythm. So much so that the coach preferred to the second highest scorer in the history of the Blues, Anthony Martial for the shock against Portugal. A choice that had “stung” Olivier Giroud, aware of paying for his low playing time in the club. Since then, the situation has changed. In London, the 34-year-old Frenchman is back in the game and has just scored seven goals in less than a month. Clinical. Du Giroud in the text. Never so strong in the art of rebounding. Asked about his striker – the most used player since taking office for the France team – the coach wanted to deliver a clear and precise message.
“I never warned him as we have said”
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“He is still here for a long time given his last performances,” Didier Deschamps planted at The team. Less than a few years ago anyway because time goes by, but for a while given his mind. It is his merit to never let go. But we know: the harder it is, the more it sticks. ” On these strong words pronounced during the last gathering of the Blues, “DD” wanted to clarify the bottom of his thought. Always concerned with the words used. And in the desire not to offend.
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“I never warned him as we could say, he says. I am not here to advise. I just gave him my opinion. After that, it will be his decision. Olivier knew his playing time was limited at one point. He turned the situation around again. The situation has changed. How it may change in February or March (smile). But that he starts all three games a week, that may not be ideal either. Today, I do not ask myself the question in relation to everything he does, even if I cannot give him a guarantee, to him and to any other for that matter. In quality and quantity, I am lucky to have a lot of players available. ” Olivier Giroud is more than ever at the top of the list. For those who doubted it.