EURO 2020: Giroud, Mbappe at loggerheads, will it impact France’s EURO campaign? – France is destined to do well in the Euro 2020 but it seems all is not well between Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.
Giroud came in as a substitute in France’s 3-0 thrashing of Bulgaria in the last warm-up game as Karim Benzema suffered a knock and had to make the way for him.
The Chelsea forward answered to his critics in style as he netted a brace providing some stiff competition to Benzema who is likely to start ahead of him in the number nine role.
Despite hitting the ground on the right note Giroud seemed to be unconvinced with the service as he reiterated he could have had more chances had he received the ball on more occasions.
“I was a little quiet because, sometimes, I made runs and the balls didn’t come to me. I am not saying that I always make the best runs, but I am seeking to offer solutions in the box.”
Giroud remained Didier Deschamp’s preferred choice during the World Cup but his influence faded soon after as he rarely appeared in the Blue shirt in the last couple of seasons.
Benzema’s scintillating campaign couldn’t be ignored by the French gaffer as he recalled the player from exile after a hiatus of 6 years.
Mbappe was taken aback by Giroud’s comments and wanted to address a press conference to clarify the situation but Deschamps held him back to douse the fire. Past histories showed the French do have a knack for Intra-squad feud, which affected the team.
Patrice Evra led a revolt in the team during the 2010 World Cup which led to their infamous debacle as they failed to register a single win that time. But with Deschamps at the helm this time any kind of wrongdoings will not be tolerated. The manager is famous for his man-management and he is likely to melt the ice between the two before things go out of hand.
Giroud is on the verge of becoming France’s highest goal scorer as he stands on 46 goals, 5 goals shy of Thierry Henry’s 51.
It remains to be seen whether Deschamps opts to go with his favourite hitman or Benzema gets the call in their first match against Germany on Wednesday.