France is experiencing a rather hectic preparation for the Euro. Not on the ground since the Blues have easily won their two friendlies against Wales and Bulgaria (3-0 each time). But behind the scenes, it heated up. In particular between Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappé. And the incident is, it seems, not yet closed between the two players, despite the mea culpa of the Chelsea striker
Following a statement from Giroud after the meeting against the Bulgarian who explained that “the balloons did not arrive”, Mbappé would have been annoyed and would not have masked his bad mood during the following days as reported by several French media the last days. According to L’Équipe, the PSG star would have even asked to be explained on certain points in front of the press, which was refused to him by Didier Deschamps, the coach of the Blues.
Noting growing unease, Olivier Giroud would have been talking with Mbappé to try to calm things down this Thursday according to French media including RMC Sport. The player with 104 capes admitted a communication error, specifying that he was not targeting the PSG player in particular. According to the French media, this discussion would not have had much effect on the morale of Mbappé who again appeared very closed during training on Thursday afternoon, “showing a little sulky”.
Seeing that the situation has not improved between the two players, Didier Deschamps would have decided to intervene by having a private discussion with the two players and then with the whole group. A consultation that will have had its small effect, at least the French media hope so, since at the end of the session, Giroud came to give a hug (rather brief and indifferent according to the people present on site) with Mbappé after having a scored a goal in opposition. From there to saying that the tensions are reabsorbed, there is still a step to take but four days before the first meeting of the Euro against Germany, the fact that these tensions are still at the center of attention. is not good news for the Blues.
Especially since Didier Deschamps has other potential problems to manage since this Thursday neither Karim Benzema (out on injury against Bulgaria, as a reminder), nor Antoine Griezmann were present at the collective training of the Blues.