The manager of Les Blues is reluctant to use an experienced striker unless he can recreate his “rhythm” at club level.
Oliver Giroud has been warned by France head coach Didier Descamps not to have time to play at Chelsea.
Giroud won his 103rd cap for France in a friendly against Finland last week, but failed to increase his tally to 42 international appearances as the Deschamps’ men suffered a shock 2-0 defeat.
Chelsea forward was later replaced by Manchester United star Anthony Marshall in the starting XI for Saturday’s UEFA Nations League meeting with Portugal, which ended in a 1-0 victory for Les Blaises.
Anne Golo Cante grabbed the most important winner in Lisbon as France booked their place in next year’s final, but perhaps Marshall was left out of the series of possibilities by Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio. To win more easily.
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However, Deschamps admitted after the match that he was currently in favor of Marshall ahead of Giroud due to the fact that he has been a regular at club level, with the competition for places at Stamford Bridge escalating. Is.
The 52-year-old manager suggested that Giroud, who has only played in three Premier League games for Chelsea this season, be transferred to the new year to boost his international chances after seeing his side. May have to ask. Choose a significant victory.
Asked about the choice of Marshall ahead of Giroud, Deschamps said in a press conference, “I make the choices that look best for me for the French team.”
“With Anthony, who is a good player, it allows us to bring a little more depth. Compared to Olivier, he should be impressed, first of all in his position he is at his club, knowing that He has a big frame and it is difficult for him to have rhythm.
“So I don’t want to lose him, it’s complicated, we’ll talk, but obviously he has every interest that it doesn’t stay the same, for him, to stay competitive, but we must not forget that he What to do and what they are still able to do.
“Anthony has a different profile but he offers a choice. Anthony, today, is more complete and in better physical and psychological conditions, obviously.”
Giroud and Marshall will both return to the Deschamps line-up on Tuesday after wrapping up their League A, Group 3 campaign with a home fix against Sweden.