Olivier Giroud does not want to lose his place as the titular center-forward with the Blues. And it shows! After his failed match against Finland, then the eruption of competition at the tip of the Blues with Anthony Martial in Portugal, the Chelsea striker had to react to show that he is still essential for the position of number 9 And he did it with efficiency, as often with the tricolor jersey. The striker first equalized for the Blues on a recovery of the left foot after a withdrawal center from Marcus Thuram (1-1, 16th). Then on the return from the locker room, he beat Lindelof following a millimeter cross from Kylian Mbappé to deceive with a beautiful header Olsen (2-1, 59th). Earlier, Giroud could even have scored a third time, still with a header, without a new intervention from Olsen (11th).
In the game, the 34-year-old international was sometimes messy and a bit borrowed even if he was generous. Thanks to his double, his 43rd and 44th achievements in Blue, he consolidates his second place as top scorer in the history of the France team behind Thierry Henry. The player with 105 caps is now only seven small units from first place. He also erases his failed match against Finland and shows that he is still there despite a starving playing time with his club (six appearances for a goal in all competitions). And that’s the root of the problem because the goleador clearly lacks rhythm.
Looking for playing time
At Chelsea, he is number 3 at the center-forward position behind Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham. Last year, he was already benching. But if the former French champion with Montpellier had been able to seize his chance during the recovery, after confinement, to allow Chelsea to qualify in the Champions League thanks to many goals, it will be more complicated to redo the blow this year.
If he wants to be sure to keep his starting place at the Euro, the coach has found a solution to regain playing time. A departure from Chelsea during the winter transfer window is inevitable. “I never give advice, I give advice,” Didier Deschamps said on Monday. After that, it’s the player’s decision. The situation is not good for him. Will it be the same, is there a possibility that it will improve? I hope for him that by January he will have playing time. I have made it clear to him, he knows what I think. Even though I don’t forget everything he was able to do and everything he might be able to do. “This Tuesday evening, he once again demonstrated it in the most beautiful way with a double that is worth all the talk.
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