Olivier Giroud believes that the return of Karim Benzema in France has created an “imbalance” – .

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Olivier Giroud believes that the return of Karim Benzema in France has created an “imbalance” – .


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The AC Milan forward in his interview with L’Equipe highlighted the tactical change the world champions need to make with the return of the target man from Real Madrid.

© Getty ImagesKarim Benzema
Karim Benzema had very public fallout with the France national team, a scandal that implicated him and a group of others in a blackmail case against his national teammate Mathieu Valbuena. This accusation cost Benzema his place in the France national team in 2015 and he was forced to miss the 2016 European Cup and the 2018 World Cup.
Now, six years later, the Real Madrid star is back at home and was nothing less than his big me with the team, Benzema has 6 goals in 11 matches for the world champions.

One player who has been affected by Benzema’s return is AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud who, speaking to L’Equipe, discussed what he believes is causing a tactical imbalance for the team.

Olivier Giroud on Karim Benzema

” It was [Didier] will of Deschamps. I understand that, but I would have liked to have been warned earlier… I have nothing against Karim, but his return to the national team created a tactical imbalance in the way we play. It was something obvious in some matches, which luckily could be corrected quickly, as we have seen in the League of Nations. However, it took a long time. I had no problem with Karim at the European Championship. It has changed and evolved. We ate at the same table every day. “

Since Benzema’s return, Giroud has played 5 games with the France team and scored 2 goals in 2021. In the same interview, Giroud spoke about his club teammate, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, “I told him if I didn’t think I could play with him, I wouldn’t be here. Ibra never scared me. It is also an opportunity to evolve alongside him, to continue to learn from someone of such quality. His charisma, his presence in the locker room and his leadership on the pitch are above all. When I signed, he said I was a good rookie, but he was the only king in Milan. “

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