Olivier Giroud, interviewed by Le Figaro, joked about Karim Benzema’s comparison of F1 and karting. The world champion said he would go to a karting circuit with his teammate in the event of a final victory at the Euro.
Olivier Giroud is not resentful, on the contrary. In an interview with Friday at Figaro, the striker of the France team was invited to return to the famous controversy of karting and F1 launched by Karim Benzema. “The statements he had about me made me smile and laugh more than anything else. I took him with a lot of hindsight back then and even more so today,” the world champion, just extended by Chelsea.
“I won’t go into details. But when you expose yourself to this type of live video, you are teased and sometimes you can say things that are beyond your thought,” continued Olivier Giroud. Before adding shortly after, in the event of a title at the Euro (June 11-July 11): “We will both go and celebrate on a karting circuit, it will make a beautiful photo”.
“What he said to himself is said”
In a live on Instagram in March 2020, during the first confinement caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Karim Benzema hit the headlines by declaring: “We do not confuse F1 and karting. And I’m nice. Me, I know that I am F1 “.
The number 9 of Real Madrid then resumed with less vindictive remarks: “He has his career, he does what he wants, puts the goals he wants. He is in his corner, I am in my corner, I don’t think about him. Afterwards, if we talk about the style of play, his suits the France team well. It is good because there are players like Mbappé or Griezmann who are fast and who evolve in the corridors or turn around the center-forward. Him, in front, he weighs on the defenses, which allows the other two to move a lot and show themselves. He blocks and it works “.
Before the first preparation match of the Blues for the Euro, against Wales (3-0), Karim Benzema also returned to these words. At a press conference at Clairefontaine, he also spoke of his reunion with Olivier Giroud: “I had already met him in the first leg against Chelsea, we discussed five minutes quietly. I think what he said to himself is said. The most important thing is to help the France team “.