Present at a press conference on Tuesday, Olivier Giroud (36) spoke, two days after the qualification of the Blues in the quarter-finals at the World Cup in Qatar. The French team disposed of Poland (3-1) with a goal from Giroud (now the top scorer in the history of Les Bleus) and a double from Mbappé, but the decision was made late despite the advantage at the break. France vice-captain Raphaël Varane blew a fan at half-time.
“Varane spoke longer. He had the right words which resonated with the lads because on the big Polish occasion we are happy not to be behind. We are lucky to come back to the dressing room with a goal he was keen on, like Lloris and I, to set a reminder not to relax, to correct certain things, this blocking, this solidity, this generosity, solidarity, this state of mind. He had felt that sometimes we had let go too easily, that we had humor that we don’t want to see in this team. We mustn’t forget that what we release in our body language is important to stay positive. It was more to give a boost.”