Olivier Giroud spoke at length to the Guardian on the France team, its relationship with Benzema and the controversy with Mbappé before the Euro.
Sunday evening, Olivier Giroud was not on the lawn of San Siro for the victory of the France team against Spain in the final of the League of Nations (1-2). Discarded since two gatherings, the second top scorer in the history of the Blues (110 selections, 46 goals) has not been recalled by Didier Deschamps since the failure of the Euro, the latter prefers Anthony Martial and Wissam Ben Yedder .
In a long interview granted this Wednesday to Guardian , the former Arsenal or Chelsea striker and now at AC Milan returned to his recent non-summons with the Blues. Despite the disappointment, it seems inconceivable for the main interested party to draw a line on his adventure with the French team.
If the coach needs me, I will go
Olivier Giroud on Didier Deschamps
“I don’t think I’ll ever say I’m retiring internationally. If the manager needs me, I will go. I never asked Frank Lampard to play when I was at Chelsea, for example. When I wasn’t playing I was frustrated, but I kept doing my best and trying to help the team reach the goal. When i was supposed to go [un transfert à l’Inter Milan était annoncé en janvier 2020], I said to him, “Look, you’re not playing me, I’m the third choice, so let me go.” But he said he would give me a chance. He gave me that chance and I did my job on the pitch, scored eight goals in eleven matches and helped the team qualify for the Champions League. ”
Proof of unwavering abnegation, the Milanese aspires to perform well in his new colors, in order to reverse the trend. “Now it’s the same with the national team. It’s just that if the manager needs me, he’ll call me; otherwise, it won’t. I am 100% focused on Milan and on being decisive and effective for my club. Let’s see what’s going on“.
Although not selected, Olivier Giroud has added a line to his record with the League of Nations. “Apparently N’Golo Kanté and I can have Nations League medals [même si nous n’avons pas joué dans les phases finales] because we were heavily involved in qualifying. So it’s a nice addition to my honor roll, isn’t it?“
A trophy cabinet that keeps filling up and that helps mitigate the many criticisms received by Giroud throughout his career.
“When people criticize you, most of the time it’s behind a computer or a social media account. I don’t watch much of what is said about me. I know when I’ve played well and when I’m not. When you read things, you need to know what to take away from the message: the most important thing is to pick up the positive things and not to pay too much attention to the negative.“
The media have tried to poison and say that it has ruined the atmosphere within the team. But come on! We had an adult chat and it was no problem
On the controversy with Kylian Mbappé during the Euro
A relationship ‘je t’aime moi non plus’ with part of the French public which is directly linked to the absence of Karim Benzema for six years. However, the 2012 French champion has always shown deep respect for the Real Madrid striker. “You had the pro-Benzema and the pro-Giroud. I always said I had no problem with him and loved playing with him, but it was a media trick to bring out that we were always opposites. This has never been true.“
Same story on the Mbappé case. In the eye of the storm after having issued a public criticism of the game of number 10 of the Blues before Euro 202, Giroud wanted to clarify his words. “It was such a small thing, he says. He was a little upset for a few days, even though I explained to him that I wasn’t pointing fingers at him. I didn’t mean to be hard on anyone. I had just answered a question where a journalist told me after the match: “Oh, you were very discreet but you scored two goals. It’s always like they’re trying to piss me off. I just said, “Yeah, maybe we could have found each other in a different way. ” Here is. The media have tried to poison and say that it has ruined the atmosphere within the team. But come on! We had an adult conversation and it was no problem. “
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Faith, an essential datum for Giroud
Very religious, Olivier Giroud also returned to the major influence of religion on his career. “I believe in the story of Jesus in the Bible and that it is to bring us more humility. Suffering is a fundamental part of life. It builds your personality as a human being. This is where my mental strength comes from. I have always had to face difficulties, like everyone else in life. Nothing is easy in life, you have to hang on and get out of your comfort zone. My faith has helped me every day, especially when I had to make big decisions. For example, you can see in my book (Always Believe It) why I didn’t go to Everton and why I stayed at Chelsea instead of signing for Inter. One thing I’m going to tell you is that God has a plan for every person on Earth. We make our way and the Lord sets the tone.“