Giroud on fire in France rout
There is almost an embarrassment of riches available to Didier Deschamps’ French side not only in the striking department but throughout the entire squad.
However, the forward line in particular is utterly spectacular. The striking options alone include the likes of Real Madrid Karim Benzema, PSG Kylian Mbappe, Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann and Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder.
That’s before we even mention Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud. The former Arsenal man came on and scored twice for France as they beat Bulgaria 3-0 in their final preparation match ahead of the tournament.
Griezmann’s overhead kick opened the scoring before two classic late Giroud finishes saw the scoreline equal the dominance.
Whether Olivier Giroud starts many matches will be down to Deschamps’ use of Benzema. However, an injury could open the door for his former favourite.
Benzema injury update
The victory was marred by an injury to Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. He went down in the first half and needed to go off.
Didier Deschamps brought in the 33 year-olds provide additional firepower after a significant time away from the international scene.
It will be a huge blow for Benzema to miss the tournament. However, positive news has come through that despite not taking part in training, the affliction is not serious.
RMC Sport’s Mohamed Bouhafsi revealed that he would return to light training in 2-3 days.
‘No worries for KB9! Karim’s muscle #Benzema deflated that night and the pain was less. Nevertheless, the star of #Real was not scheduled to train this Wednesday. He will resume his training path within 48 to 72 hours maximum,’ he wrote.
Pas d’inquiétude pour KB9 ! Le muscle de Karim #Benzema a dégonflé cette nuit et la douleur était moins importante. Néanmoins, la star du #Real ne devait pas s’entraîner ce mercredi. Il va reprendre le chemin de l’entraînement d’ici 48 à 72 heures maximum. #RMCsport
— Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) June 9, 2021
France play Germany on Tuesday at 7:45pm and will hope Benzema has recovered in time.
This article was edited by Ben Browning.
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