Didier Deschamps worried about Giroud 'playing three days a week'
France boss Didier Deschamps insists it’s ‘not ideal’ for Olivier Giroud to ‘play three days a week’ for Chelsea after his resurgence in form… less than a month after warning striker he could lose his Euro 2020 spot if he didn’t get enough minutes!
- Didier Deschamps previously said Giroud must secure more minutes at Chelsea
- Deschamps claims Giroud must ‘take advantage’ of his opportunities at Chelsea
- The France boss says he is ‘one of the very best attackers at international level’
- Deschamps also said that the criticism the 34-year-old receives can be ‘unfair’
France manager Didier Deschamps says it’s ‘not ideal’ for Olivier Giroud to ‘play three days a week’ but claims he is ‘happy’ about the striker’s resurgence in form.
Having previously stated that Giroud must secure more minutes at Chelsea to warrant a place in his Euros squad, Deschamps says the striker must ‘take advantage’ of the rising number of opportunities Frank Lampard is currently handing him.
Deschamps believes Giroud is ‘one of the very best attackers at international level’ and hopes his new found form a Chelsea ‘can last.’
Didier Deschamps previously said Olivier Giroud must secure more minutes at Chelsea
Deschamps said: ‘We often talk about Olivier; he is often criticised. A lot of the things said about him are unfair and he has this strength of character.
‘When we call on him he scores and when he doesn’t score he is still useful. ‘It’s a much happier time for him. Good for him, it was not the case when he came in selection.
‘What other people say, everyone is free to think what they want. Just look at the number of goals he has scored.’
Speaking of the rising number of opportunities Lampard has handed Giroud, Deschamps said: ‘I’m happy for him and I’m hoping it can last.
The France manager claims he is ‘happy’ about the striker’s resurgence in form at Chelsea
Deschamps believes Giroud (above) is ‘one of the very best attackers at international level’
‘If Lampard decides to have him play three days a week, that’s not ideal either.
‘The happy medium is good, that he takes advantage of this ideal period for him. He is one of the very best attackers at international level.’
Giroud has previously voiced his concern over the lack of minutes he has received at Chelsea.
The 34-year-old said he would look to depart Stamford Bridge in January if his situation remained the same.
Giroud has declared his intent to represent France at the European Championships and understands he must be playing regularly to be given the best shot at doing so.
Should Giroud earn a place in Deschamps’ squad, he will face Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan in group D.
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