Olivier Giroud is world champion, he could become the top scorer in the history of the Blues this week, he gives satisfaction every time Didier Deschamps has called on him, his club dynamics have rarely been so good, no satisfactory solution n exists to replace him and he is in the last list before the World Cup. However, it is not certain that he will be in Qatar next November. More than a paradox or a mystery, Giroud is first of all a unique case which we no longer really know how it will be resolved.
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After reproaching him for his behavior at the Euro and his little sentence addressed to Mbappé (“he didn’t have to say that, that’s for sure”) and weakened his future in Blue (“Olivier and a few others, it was in 2018, but today we are in 2021”), Didier Deschamps ended up calling him back in March after Karim Benzema’s package. Holder and scorer in the two friendly matches, he no longer appeared in the list in June thanks to the return of the Madrid player.
Why relaunch it in September?
KB9 still absent at the start of the school year, Giroud is back in a status with blurred outlines. And it was not Didier Deschamps, somewhat tense when approaching the subject, who was responsible for dispelling the fog: “The answer, you will have it in two months. Everything is changing. And nothing is changing. , sometimes. Because if I say that “everything evolves”, you will interpret… The situation today is that it is there”. The sibylline coach voluntarily maintains the blur. If his life at the head of the Blues has taught him one thing, it’s never to be definitive in order to always find a way out. The Benzema episode, banned for years before returning as nothing had happened, is only the latest example.
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Is the presence of Giroud in the group and in the list for the World Cup only the consequence of Benzema’s state of health? At first, yes. It is in any case the meaning of the choices of Deschamps for six months. Otherwise, why deprive the Milanese of the rally in June even though he had done the job perfectly in March and had just actively participated in the title of champion of the Rossoneri? But why relaunch him in September, two months before the capital deadline if Deschamps only counts on him in the absence of Benzema even though the Madrid native is more likely to be present than absent in Qatar ?
Who else ?
Objectively, and beyond all considerations of group life, Olivier Giroud is today the only credible and high-level solution behind Karim Benzema. Just compare his average goal per match in selection with that of his competitors who have only the name but not the stuff.
Olivier Giroud: 0.43 goals/game
Wissam Ben Yedder: 0.15 goals/game
Moussa Diaby: no goal in 8 selections
Olivier Giroud replaced Karim Benzema during France-Switzerland at Euro 2020.
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The surprise arrival of Randal Kolo Muani in the group two months before the World Cup and the combined absences of Diaby and Ben Yedder, as a sanction for their failed performances in June, open a door to Olivier Giroud. If he made a successful debut in the Bundesliga, the former Nantes player was himself surprised to be called up so early in the selection (“I honestly didn’t see it coming (…). It happened faster than expected and I didn’t expect it to happen in 2022”) and it is difficult to imagine him making the weight with Giroud when choosing a Benzema understudy for Qatar. But as the case of the world champion is unique, as the logic to which he responds is difficult to identify, to be so categorical would be furiously unwise.
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