The 22-year-old world champion did not appreciate criticism from his partner after the game against Bulgaria on Tuesday night.
Simple temporary annoyance or the premise of a deeper problem? The coming weeks of the France team will deliver, as always, their share of truth. Still, Kylian Mbappé only moderately appreciated Olivier Giroud’s barely veiled criticism of him Tuesday night after the success against Bulgaria in a friendly match (3-0). According to The team, the 22-year-old striker would have even wished to explain his point of view at a press conference, and therefore respond to Giroud on Thursday, a desire retoked by Didier Deschamps, well aware of having to clear the field and avoid such a situation unless a week of shock against Germany at the Euro. Faced with the turn of events and to calm things down, the two men discussed together at the Castle, Giroud explaining his words to his young partner, not necessarily very convinced. Sign of a slight frying on the line between two of the attackers of the world champions, which despite everything did not alter the good atmosphere within the France group on Wednesday at Clairefontaine.
Asked about the L’Equipe channel after his two goals on Tuesday night, but also his relative discretion on the lawn of the Stade de France until his double, the second top scorer in the history of the Blues had been keen to clarify the background of his thought. “ Discreet because sometimes we do races but the balls do not arrive, afterwards I do not always pretend to make the right calls but I did my best to give solutions in the box. ” Everyone understood it well, without quoting it, Olivier Giroud evoked the striker of PSG, guilty according to him of having forgotten it. In the process, he did not hesitate to mention the name of Pavard and Ben Yedder, this time. “For once, with two good balls from Ben (Surname) and Wissam (Ben Yedder) I could have finished well but we could have scored more goals if we had been more efficient ”. Before ensuring that“There is no bitterness, don’t worry”. It did not take more for his words to make the salt of television and radio debates, as well as on social networks.
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Hence the annoyance of Kylian Mbappé as well. On the pitch, the PSG striker feels more comfortable with Karim Benzema at his side, preferring the more mobile style of play of the Madrilenian compared to the slender striker that Olivier Giroud represents. Tuesday night at the Stade de France, the Parisian often combined with “ KB9 », Before being more soloist in the second half. Not a problem in the eyes of Didier Deschamps who spoke on the words of Olivier Giroud, eager to cut short any unnecessary controversy. “If the balls came every time on the calls … It can happen, maybe it is the truth some times like when the pass does not come or the movement does not come, but you should not stigmatize Kylian or whoever is “. For the record, as Kylian Mbappé did not see his request to be on the agenda at a press conference this Thursday at Clairefontaine, it is Paul Pogba who will stick to it. With a smile and his usual good nature, he will clear up the situation in the face of questions from journalists.
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