World champions France are among the favorites to win this summer’s European Championship, but do rumors of tension within the camp threaten to overshadow Didier Deschamps’ pursuit of another silver?
France are taking part in this summer’s belated tournament, which starts on Friday with a game between Italy and Turkey, with a galaxy of stars at their disposal, but while players like Raphael Varane, N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba will impress, Das reports Bickering between the team’s top-class strikers’ list threatens to tarnish their preparations for the first game against Germany next week.
The signs that everything was not all right in the French camp became clear on Tuesday when Deschamps’ men ended their 3-0 win over Bulgaria too late thanks to a late brace from Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.
Olivier Giroud tried to catch up with Kylian Mbappé in training today but the PSG man decided to keep the tension going, according to RMC. https://t.co/cJW1YgdVu4
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In a subsequent conversation with the media, Giroud – who ranks second on France’s all-time scorers’ list – suggested that if some of his teammates were a little less selfish with the ball, they would have been able to handle their losing opponents more easily, suggesting Giroud’s complaint was with Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe.
“I was a bit calm because sometimes I run and the balls don’t come,” said Giroud after beating Bulgaria. “I’m not saying that I always do the best runs, but I try to offer solutions in the pits.”
Giroud remains an integral part of Deschamps’ team, but the French coach has reportedly tried to quell any disharmony in the group, including preventing the allegedly angry Mbappe from holding a press conference to make his remarks Complaints with the Chelsea man.
According to further reports, Giroud tried to draw a line on Thursday by apologizing to Mbappe – but the PSG striker reportedly rejected Giroud’s peace efforts and remained in a “murderous” mood.
The problem between Giroud and Mbappe is not the only internal dispute currently simmering in the French squad. Karim Benzema, who returned to the squad this summer after a year-long hiatus, had also dealt with Giroud after calling his colleague a “go-kart driver” compared to Benzema’s “F1” car.
Carefree referring to the comments made a few days ago, Giroud said he would be celebrating with his teammates on a go-kart track if France were successful this summer.
The issue prompted Deschamps to put Giroud and Benzema side by side at team meetings and events to foster camaraderie and team spirit – but the French boss may have to dig deeper into his peacemaking bag of tricks if it is his turn to heal the rift that their attempts are made of winning the European Championship for the first time in more than 20 years could threaten to overshadow.
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