Deschamps does have a problem with Giroud

Wissam Ben Yedder’s lackluster performance against Croatia on Monday inevitably raises the question of Olivier Giroud’s absence.

Didier Deschamps warned as soon as the list of 24 players selected for the four Nations League matches on the Blues program was announced in June. These four matches were to allow him to make a broad review of the workforce by giving playing time to those usually confined to a role of understudy. The coach joined the action to the word by changing ten of the eleven holders between the two matches against Denmark and Croatia.

Ben Yedder does not convince

After relying on its spearheads against the Scandinavians, with Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmannthe former midfielder chose to associate Christopher Nkunku, Moussa Diaby and Wissam ben Yedder in Split. And if the two former Parisians were not unworthy, the Leipzig player even appearing as an alternative to an Antoine Griezmann in full doubt, the Monegasque was ghostly.

The former Toulousain certainly distilled a magnificent opening for Adrien Rabiot on the opening of the score of the Turinese, but for the rest, the native of Sarcelles did not weigh on the debates, confirming that he did not manage to have the same yield in blue as with Monaco. While Moussa Diaby and Christopher Nkunku managed to combine and be found by their midfield partners, Wissam Ben Yedder struggled to make himself available.

Giroud, the best solution?

And the observation was shared by Didier Deschamps. “Wissam was more isolated on our offensive phases”, agreed the tricolor coach, who took care to underline the lack of common experience of the team aligned against Croatia. The one who still has only three goals in 19 caps has clearly not scored any points with a view to the World Cup. And all the more so as the competition grows stronger, like Martin Terrier and Moussa Dembeleto their advantage with Rennes and Lyon, and of courseOlivier Giroud.

For many in the coronation of AC Milan in Serie A, the Savoyard certainly finished the season with only 11 goals on the clock but his goals scored during the shocks against Inter Milan, Naples or Lazio marked the spirits. As well as his two achievements against Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa, when he was recalled by Didier Deschamps to compensate for the absence of Karim Benzema. Despite his 35 years and his relationship with the coach has become complicated, the former Gunner still appears to be the most likely to play the luxury jokers behind Karim Benzema or Kylian Mbappé.


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