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Olivier Giroud’s admission “surprised” 1998 World Cup winner Emmanuel Petit, who said “arrogance” could be France’s downfall at Euro 2020


Emmanuel Petit expressed his perplexity at the words of Olivier Giroud after France’s 3-0 victory over Bulgaria.

The Chelsea striker aimed twice as Dider Deschamps’ side claimed victory in their final warm-up match for Euro 2020.

Giroud scored twice against Bulgaria – but he was still not happy!
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But speaking after the game, Giroud put on a frustrated figure, telling L’Equipe du Soir television channel that he was not happy with the number of assists he was receiving from his teammates.

“I was a little quiet because sometimes I go shopping and the balls don’t come,” Giroud said.

“I’m not saying that I always do the best runs, but I’m looking to offer solutions in the box. “

French media have claimed that PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe is furious with Giroud and is planning to strike back at his teammate in the media.

Meanwhile, Deschamps attempted to defuse the situation in an interview with the same outlet later that evening.

Olivier Giroud’s admission “surprised” 1998 World Cup winner Emmanuel Petit, who said “arrogance” could be France’s downfall at Euro 2020
Mbappe was reportedly furious with the Chelsea striker after his rather public statement
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“If you got the ball after every time you called it … it’s always the same,” he explained.

“The forward says, ‘I am racing, but it’s in midfield.” Midfielders will say it’s on forwards.

“Sometimes the pass doesn’t come, sometimes it’s at the bottom of the swing. But that’s not a stigma of Kylian or anyone.

Petit, who played alongside Deschamps the last time a France team won the World Cup in 1998, was taken aback by Giroud’s claims – especially given his scoring exploits on the night.

“I think it’s something different from what I went through when I was a player,” admitted Petit.

Olivier Giroud’s admission “surprised” 1998 World Cup winner Emmanuel Petit, who said “arrogance” could be France’s downfall at Euro 2020
Petit, World Cup winner with France in 1998, warned his compatriot against complacency during this summer tournament

“You have no idea how many times you want the ball and the ball doesn’t arrive because there are different options on the pitch.

“What Giroud said after the match surprised me a lot. This is not the kind of thing to say. He is not used to it, so we were very surprised here in France.

“The manager and Mbappe spoke to the guys in the press saying it’s football, sometimes the ball comes in, sometimes it doesn’t.

“It’s like that on the pitch but in the end Giroud scored two goals so I don’t know why he complained afterwards.”

The former Arsenal midfielder believes a theme of arrogance in the French teammate could prove their major downfall this summer.

Petit added: “You don’t have to love yourself to win games and win competitions. You just need to be professional and have the same goals.


“I’m always surprised when some players score personal points all the time after a game and before games.

“We win together, we lose together. It’s that simple. The main weakness of this team is the team itself. If they gain self-confidence with a little arrogance, that could be the main problem.

“As a French athlete, I know everything about this. If we believe too much in ourselves, this could be the problem.

“We still have weaknesses especially in defense, even if it is quite difficult to score against us. I mean with set pieces, free kicks and counterattack.

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