Football fans started suspecting that something was wrong in the France national team when Olivier Giroud came to the press to argue that his teammates are not passing the ball to him when he is in the opponent’s eighteen-yard box.
After the 34-year-old striker who is currently contracted to Chelsea football club complained about not getting enough service from his teammates, Kylian Mbappe came out to reveal that Giroud’s argument affected him. The 22-year-old Paris Saint Germain striker stressed that Giroud ought to have discussed the issue in the locker room instead of taking it to the press.
Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud’s media outburst sparked speculation that the lack of unity in the national team might affect the performance of the team in the ongoing European Championship.
Recall that since the preparation for the Euro 2020 started, France are touted as the favorite to win the European Championship. This belief is based on the fact that France have multiple stand-out players in every role in the squad.
Unfortunately for those who are predicting that France might win the tournament, the suspected feud in the team might cause more harm than good.
Ahead of France’s Euro 2020 opener which is against Germany scheduled to kick off later today, June 15, at 20:00, Hugo Lloris insisted that the media outburst between the two strikers has no negative effect on the team.
“It didn’t harm the team at all. I think we dealt with it very well”, the goalkeeper insisted.
“Mbappe and Giroud, they had maybe a short discussion, but that’s normal – it’s nothing unusual. There are different opinions in the locker room, this can happen.
“It didn’t harm the team at all. We have a great team spirit. I think we dealt with it very well.
“Kylian had to say something, but this is something he said in the past. We are focused now on our first match in this competition.
“These are world-class players who have been playing at the top level.
“I understand that our opponents may be afraid of our attack and that we are praised for the attack we have.
“But we can only achieve success through the collective. It will be important to keep the right balance and be focused against such a great opponent as Germany.”
Hugo Lloris did not have a perfect 2020-2021 season at Tottenham Hotspur as he managed to make 48 appearances in which he conceded 59 goals and kept just 14 clean sheets in all competitions.
But France’s national team would be banking on him to ensure that he keeps the attacking firepower of Germany under control when the two countries face each other in Munich tonight.
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