Coming into play in the first half to replace Karim Benzema, hit in the right thigh, Olivier Giroud scored a precious double against Bulgaria on Tuesday (3-0), which revived him completely one week before entering lice of the Blues at the Euro. The Chelsea forward has once again shown how valuable he is, approaching the France team goal record held by Thierry Henry.
He watched from the sidelines his partners Chelsea beat Manchester City on May 29 in the Champions League final, without stepping on the pitch at Porto. And Olivier Giroud is on track to keep his role as a replacement for the Euro.
But this Tuesday, the 34-year-old striker recovered well, seven days before the Blues entered the Euro against Germany (June 15). Coming into play just before half-time, in place of Karim Benzema, hit in the right thigh, Olivier Giroud scored points against Bulgaria (3-0).
Author of a double in the last minutes of the meeting, the Chelsea center forward sent positive signals and is ready to exploit every minute of play that will be granted to him.
However, Didier Deschamps was a little pessimistic about the fate of Olivier Giroud on Monday at a press conference, indicating that the low playing time he had with Chelsea this season would be “problematic”.
“Even if, as with his club, Olivier always gives the maximum during the sessions. But nothing replaces the matches, in terms of playing time. He had very little. Obviously, it is problematic, even if he is in top shape and he’s used to it. “
Giroud five goals from Henry
With his two goals scored this Tuesday evening, Olivier Giroud once again showed how precious he could be for the France team. More than a luxury joker, the 34-year-old center-forward is one of those players capable of surpassing himself in the selection.
Because Olivier Giroud also has a record to seek. That of Thierry Henry, top scorer in the history of the France team with 51 goals. Author of his 45th and 46th goals this evening with the Blues, Giroud has come a little closer to the record of ‘Titi’, now pointing five lengths behind the former French international.
Giroud “does not let go”
“Whatever the circumstances, we do not give up. When we call on me, the most important thing is to do the job,” he said at the microphone of the channel L’Équipe after the meeting.
With his two goals scored this Tuesday, Olivier Giroud has gained confidence. Which is not to displease Didier Deschamps. “He puts two more on the clock, said the coach of the Blues. Taking into account the situation in which he arrived, psychologically and especially physically, I had planned to bring him in less time. It remains a scorer , with a foolproof mind. I’m not going to complain. And the group will need it too. We will need all our strength. He is part of it too. “