Giroud accuses Benzema of national team misfortunes

Giroud accuses Benzema of national team misfortunes

France national team and Milan forward Olivier Giroud called Karim Benzema the reason for Les Bleus misfortunes at the 2020 European championship.

At Euro 2020, which took place this summer, the France national team said goodbye to the tournament at the stage of the round of 16, where they did not keep the advantage in the match with Switzerland. Then a flurry of criticism fell upon Didier Deschamps' team, because of which the coach even wanted to be fired. But he stayed at his post and helped the team take the Nations League after the continental tournament.

Olivier Giroud, a former London Arsenal and Chelsea player, has recently expressed his opinion about the failure of the national team. In his opinion, all Le Bleus’ problems are connected with the call-up to the national team of Karim Benzema,

“The return of Benzema has brought a tactical imbalance to the France national team. I am honest about this. I have nothing against Karim. Much did not happen by his will. France managed to overcome this problem after a long time. We saw it in the Nations League. But it took a long time.

Karim quickly changed the style of play that had existed in the France national team for 5 years. Such changes should not happen overnight. Especially at such an important tournament like Euro. It was necessary to find tactical guidelines. Karim and I have different styles of play,” the forward said in an interview with L'Équipe.

There is indeed some truth in Giroud's words. Of course, it takes less time to adjust the game in attack than to do the same with defense. But the lack of time for preparation made its own adjustments. And even though the link of Benzema with Mbappe and Griezmann was not well-played, it looked very good. The footballers used their strengths. Antoine did play a drawn forward and worked for the team, often returning to the defense akin to Firmino.

At that time, the players from the midfield did not work until the end at the Euro. Those who were directly responsible for pressing the opponent. Therefore, in the place of Giroud, we would not blame everything on Benzema. The old teammates were to blame for the relegation no less than the careless Frenchman who was nevertheless called up.