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World Cup 2018: France to maintain religion with Olivier Giroud – Didier Deschamps

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World Cup 2018: France to maintain religion with Olivier Giroud – Didier Deschamps

Highlights: Uruguay 0-2 France

France coach Didier Deschamps says he won’t drop Olivier Giroud for his facet’s World Cup semi-final, regardless of the Chelsea striker failing to attain in Russia.

Giroud, 31, has began France’s previous 4 matches with out discovering the web, together with Friday’s 2-0 quarter-final win over Uruguay.

Les Bleus face neighbours Belgium in St Petersburg on Tuesday.

“It’s true Olivier has not scored but, however – I repeat – but,” Deschamps stated.

“He won’t have the flamboyant type of different gamers however the crew wants him in every match as a result of even when he doesn’t rating, he does many issues for us.”

As a participant, Deschamps had a key midfield function when France received the 1998 World Cup with none objectives from their much-maligned striker Stephane Guivarc’h, who performed 268 minutes at that match with out scoring.

Is Giroud the brand new Guivarc’h?
Participant Minutes performed Photographs On track Objectives
Stephane Guivarc’h 1998 268 16 3 0
Olivier Giroud 2018 380 7 0 0

Giroud, in the meantime, has now performed a complete of 380 minutes in Russia and, of the seven efforts at objective he has had in his 5 appearances, none of them have been on the right track.

England’s Harry Kane leads the race for the World Cup’s golden boot with six objectives from three video games to this point, and from 9 photographs and 273 minutes in complete,

Barcelona ahead Ousmane Dembele, who joined the Spanish giants in a £135.5m deal final summer season, started Les Bleus’ first recreation towards Australia however was changed when Giroud was introduced off the bench and has not began since.

As a substitute, the previous Arsenal frontman – who moved to Stamford Bridge for about £18m in January – is most popular for his hyperlink play with Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, who’ve made many of the headlines with their objectives in Russia.

“Olivier is essential to our crew, and for our type of play,” Deschamps added. “In opposition to Argentina [in the last 16], he made an help for Mbappe and we want this kind of supporting play.

“After all, if he may have scored, it might have been good however he has at all times had an essential function for us – he’s at all times extraordinarily beneficiant and he doesn’t complain with regards to working onerous.

“He’s helpful in assault but in addition, due to his recreation, in defence too.

“He does many issues for the crew to be balanced, and it’s the gamers round him that profit from his presence as a result of he attracts a number of consideration from the defenders.”

France’s win over Uruguay means they are going to play Belgium within the final 4 in St Petersburg on Tuesday, however Deschamps brushed apart questions whether or not his facet can go on to develop into world champions.

“For now, we now have the potential to be within the semi-finals, that’s sure,” he stated.

“We nonetheless have some margin to get even higher ourselves however, though our match towards Argentina was not straightforward, we grew in that recreation.

“It may have simply been a one-off however then to carry out once more at a excessive degree towards Uruguay, I feel we now have proven our mettle, which is superb information for us.

“Earlier than the quarter-final I had six gamers that had been already booked and now I’ve everybody obtainable for the following match and that’s nice additionally.”

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