Why the Mbappe-Giroud feud keeps growing
France’s chances at the Euro tourney might take a big hit if the feud between Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud does not end soon. It looks like they will need to come up with a better way to solve this one without the rest of the team taking a hit in their games as well.
The feud between two lead stars for France has been on point despite their 3-0 win over Bulgaria in a friendly match. Giroud said he was not getting the service he deserved for most of his games this year - which is seen by many as a swipe at Mbappe.
Giroud had two goals after coming up as a sub for Karim Benzema. Some of his teammates came towards him and joined - but not Mbappe. The Paris SG star walked the other way around which became the point of focus for many fans.
‘I was quiet because sometimes you make a run and the balls just don't arrive’, Giroud said. ‘I don't always pretend to make the right calls, but I have tried hard to give solutions in the area’.
This is going to put a lot of strain on the plays with the two stars. France hopes for a huge run in the contest, however this feud between their two lead stars will be a problem that needs to be solved right away.
Mbappe does not care that much and the growing unrest is just a way for his focus to be taken away from his games with the team as well.
‘What he said does not bother me more than that’, Mbappe said. ‘He expresses a feeling when he speaks. I'm a forward and I've had that feeling 365 times in a game, when you feel like you're not being served’.
Mbappe said it was all about the public release - which he felt was absurd. The star talked to him about his goals and Giroud said nothing to him. He later went on to hear about it in the press.
The star striker does not want to make a big deal about it. He said it is all about playing the game for France, and nothing is going to be more important than that.
Giroud’s place in France’s attack has been put on the sides with Benzema’s return to the squad. The Madrid star then limped off his way out of the game against Bulgaria with a knee injury. He is yet to come to play for the team since then.
Benzema had a solid tandem with Giroud before they fell out with coach Didier Deschamps. That allowed Giroud to take the striker’s place and then scored 46 goals, which is the second-best record in the team. Giroud is just five behind Thierry Henry.
France needs to stay solid if they are going to win in the Group Stages, and this is a huge factor of their success as well.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores