While playing in Qatar for his third World Cup, Olivier Giroud has bad memories of his baptism in the competition.
Deprived of the Blues for many months in the wake of a Euro 2020, Olivier Giroud did not seem to have to be an adventure in Qatar. The AC Milan striker will finally play well in the third World Cup of his career, like Antoine Griezmann and Raphaël Varane. Better, the Savoyard should start on Tuesday against Australia. Consequence of Karim Benzema’s injury.
Olivier Giroud had paradoxically started neither of the two previous World Cups. In 2018, Didier Deschamps had indeed preferred Ousmane Dembélé to accompany Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé. And four years earlier, it was Antoine Griezmann and Mathieu Valbuena who had started alongside Karim Benzema. A difficult choice to accept for the native of Chambéry.
Giroud’s assertive remarks
Olivier Giroud had indeed started the three preparation matches played by the men of Didier Deschamps, showing himself to his advantage and scoring three goals. “It would be a big disappointment not to start. Because I think I had some good warm-up matches.”, he had also recognized a few days before the match. Demanding remarks which had been moderately appreciated by Didier Deschamps, who had therefore preferred Antoine Griezmann and his four selections.
But whether against Switzerland in 2014 or against Peru in 2018, Olivier Giroud had started in the second match and had made himself indispensable despite his record of only one goal in 12 World Cup appearances.