Back with the Blues without Karim Benzema, injured, Olivier Giroud made the most of the opportunity offered to him by Didier Deschamps, this Thursday night, against Austria (2-0). Matched with Kylian Mbappé in the 3-4-1-2 of the French team, the AC Milan striker, in fact, weighed in this meeting and especially in the Austrian defense. Result ? A goal, the 49th in the tricolor jersey, a decisive pass and another high-flying performance in front of the French attack. It doesn’t matter what springs to pass, one who becomes, at 35 years and 357 days, the oldest scorer in Blues history – overtaking Roger Marche, scorer at 35 years and 287 days in December 1959 against in Spain – continues to shine, despite a context that is more than difficult to manage.
Olivier Giroud returns to within two lengths of Thierry Henry!
Relegated to the hierarchy for months, the native of Chambéry hardly gives up and still wants to believe in his lucky star. Seizing the small opportunity to put himself to his advantage, Giroud, once unconventional, set fire to the Stade de France and its 70,000 spectators on Thursday night. Head scorer – in a caviar from Antoine Griezmann – the Milanese (49 in 113 caps since 2011), who scored 7.5 of our editorial staff, thus approaching the 51 goals of His Majesty Thierry Henry. A new first-class performance for someone who continues to terrorize Serie A in the Rossoneri jersey (5 goals and 1 assist in 9 games in all competitions since the start of the season). Valuable in keeping the ball, omnipresent in passing circuits, imperial in the air, like his goal, Giroud also shines in his deflection game, which brings a fluidity in front of the attack.
The decisive passer of the opener of Kylian Mbappé, author of a sparkling rush, the former Chelsea striker (again) holds his rank, showing – in passing – to his coach that he can trust him. Is it enough to hope to see Qatar? “I’m not saying I’m going to deprive myself of it. You’re drawing conclusions”shown, in this sense, Didier Deschamps, asked in the chain The group of a possible presence of the AC Milan striker in the World Cup that will take place from November 20 to December 18. Relaunched the subject, in a press conference, the former coach of Olympique de Marseille then did not fail to praise the character and regularity of his protégé. Without determining that his place in the World Cup was obtained. Far from it.
Qatar, dream or reality?
“He scored, good for him. He was in a very good state of mind, he participated in a lot of animations and offensive actions. As always. He found himself in very (he forced) complicated situations in recent years, with little or no playing time, and every time he was in the French team, he succeeded. It is very good for the French team. I’m so happy for Olivier, he deserves it. If I call him and wear, it’s good and scores goals. Hope he continues well. (…) Did I tell you that he is there or that he is not there? It’s not. Let’s wait until November. He’s doing everything to make sure he’s there, but because there’s a lot of competition at all positions.admitted Didier Deschamps.
As a reminder, the 53-year-old coach recalled, recently Telefootthat Olivier Giroud no longer has the same status with the Blues. “I always consider that a player with a situation should stay in the same situation in the French team. Humanly, it’s very difficult if you don’t keep it”. A way not to give too much false hope to number 9 at night? One thing is certain, because of his impact, his particular profile and his regularity, Giroud appears more than ever to be a serious candidate for the next World Cup. Asked about the performance later, Kylian Mbappé also confirmed the contribution of the Rossonero. “We are together, a good meeting, even with Antoine (Griezmann), because he is playing longer now. We were able to combine, to speak the same football, it is satisfying. In addition, he scored and got close to Titi’s record, I think, for him, it was a good night. A plus for us? Sure! If you’re the second top scorer in the French team, if you’re not a plus, you can’t be one ka plus! He did us another favor today.. It now remains to be seen if the Blues’ last outing, this Sunday against Denmark, will be enough for Olivier Giroud to surely convince his coach not to boycott him … for Qatar.
35a & 357j – Thanks to his goal against Austria, Olivier Giroud became tonight, at 35 years and 357 days, the oldest scorer in the history of the French team, overtaking Roger Marche (35 years and 287 days in December 1959 against Spain) . Briscard. #CLEANING pic.twitter.com/0u5ORYB3I8
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