In lack of playing time at Chelsea, Olivier Giroud sees his status with the Blues weakened as rarely.
Completely passed through, Wednesday, against Finland, Olivier Giroud was left to sit on the bench on Saturday at the kickoff of the shock against Portugal. Kylian Mbappé on the side, it is Anthony Martial who officiated at the forefront of the tricolor attack, delivering a contrasting performance. Because if he had the merit of obtaining several clear opportunities, he did not transform a single one.
The Mancunien may have been less visible in the second half, Olivier Giroud had to wait for the start of the last ten minutes to have a say. A very discreet entry into play which only had the merit of allowing him to become the sixth most capped player in the history of the Blues, the 104 selections of the Savoyard having allowed him to surpass … Didier Deschamps.
A first since 2014
This game against Portugal is another worrying signal for the Chelsea. Reduced to the minimum by Frank Lampard, with only 43 minutes of play over the last month, the French world champion sees his status with the Blues also weakened. Because during the previous international window, if he had started against Portugal, without shining, he had already had to settle for a substitute place in Croatia.
The former Gunner has therefore chained the last two Nations League matches on the bench. Which is anything but trivial sinceOlivier Giroud had not experienced such a situation since the start of the 2014 World Cup. It is a strong sign and Didier Deschamps gave it a layer at the end of the meeting. “Obviously for Olivier, if the situation drags on, he knows very well what I think. For him, to stay competitive. That’s not why I want to lose him, it’s complicated, we discuss, but obviously he has every interest in it not lasting, ”he indeed confided. The second best striker in the history of the France team knows what to expect.