Olympics 2021, football: "Savanier is Zizou", launches Gignac

Currently in Japan for the 2021 Olympic Games, André-Pierre Gignac gave his opinion on several of his teammates in an interview with L’Équipe. The former OM striker said he was particularly impressed by Téji Savanier, whom he compared to Zinédine Zidane.

“No lie, it’s Zizou.” When it comes to talking about Téji Savanier, André-Pierre Gignac does not go by four ways. For two weeks, the former Olympique de Marseille striker has been getting to know his new teammates in the France team, with whom he will play the football tournament of the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo and the first match Thursday against Mexico (10 hours).


Among the French players he discovered, Savanier therefore impressed him, as he explained in a interview with Florian Thauvin granted to L’Équipe. “Téji (Savanier) knows how to manage weak times and strong times perfectly. After going out against Korea (during the only preparation match of the Blues, last Friday, editor’s note), we watched with Flo (Thauvin) his crosses, his passing quality incredible, ”Gignac explains.

Savannah key element of the Ripoll team

Before adding: “No lie, it’s Zizou. It’s a crazy thing, right foot, left foot.” However, it is indeed Gignac who will wear number 10 during the Olympics. Savanier will wear the No. 11 and will be an essential part of Sylvain Ripoll’s team in the midfield.


At 29, Savanier discovered the France team when his name had been mentioned several months ago to join the selection of Didier Deschamps after his good performances in Ligue 1 with Montpellier. “He is a player who is interesting and who is surprising,” explained the manager last October. Gignac has, it seems, a higher esteem for Savanier than Deschamps.


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