Platini supports Giroud for France | Football News


PARIS: Former France captain and coach Michel Platini defended Olivier Giroud ahead of Wednesday’s friendly with Ukraine, saying the disgraced Chelsea striker “has the quality” to lead the French line.
Giroud, 34, has appeared in just 17 minutes of Chelsea’s three Premier League games this season with Frank Lampard preferring Tammy Abraham or Timo Werner, but is expected to be part of French coach Didier Deschamps’ starting lineup despite criticism for its too physical. style.
“Giroud, if he plays up front, it’s because he has more than any other ability to play a center-forward,” former UEFA president Platini told AFP.
“And if Deschamps is playing against him, it’s because he thinks Giroud deserves to play. I’m not interested in him being criticized.
“Deschamps knows how to do his job, he knows what to do and if he thinks Giroud is the best solution, then he plays it. After all, if Giroud is criticized, we have all been criticized, even Pelé! Platini added.
Giroud is set to make his 100th appearance for the Blues this week and is expected to line up alongside Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann in a game where the visitors will be without six players isolated due to cases of coronavirus at their club Shakhtar Donetsk .
Griezmann has only scored 15 times in 51 games since joining the Catalans from Atletico Madrid in July 2019.
Platini said Barca striker would benefit from participating in an attack with physical presence, as happened at Atletico with Diego Costa.
“I think Griezmann needs a Giroud, a Costa, a guy in front of him,” Platini said.
“Griezmann’s intelligence means he’s always where the ball lands. You can say the opposite, the ball always lands where it is. It is the mark of anyone with an instinct for the game.
“However, Giroud is someone stronger, bigger, on the front. But Griezmann needs a Giroud, ”he added.
Giroud, meanwhile, is slowly approaching Thierry Henry’s record for France of 51 international goals.
Coming into the game against Ukraine he has 40 to his name, which is just a shy Platini who ranks second behind Henry for the national team with 41.
Platini, however, shrugs at the likelihood of slipping into that particular ranking.
” It has no importance. I am not an accountant. I’m happy for Giroud, I’m happy for Thierry. I hope there will always be players who score a lot of goals for France, ”he said.
“Records are there to be broken. If Giroud beats my record, I’m happy for France and for him. “


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