Didier Deschamps admits Olivier Giroud wants regular gametime at club level

France head coach Didier Deschamps has admitted that Olivier Giroud would like to play more for Chelsea after displaying an impressive run of goalscoring form. The striker has been heavily criticised by a section of the supporters of late after the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Wissam Ben Yedder were ignored for his selection in the French squad.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Deschamps spoke positively about the influence of Giroud by stating his recent scoring form for club and country. He added that the marksman has been in good touch for the Blues in the Europa League and would probably prefer to play more regularly for the side across all competitions.
He said: "Giroud is there, he scores goals. He does so too with his club. He’d like to play more and when he plays in the Europa League, he also scores goals. In a match like tonight's, against a low-ranked opponent, his presence as a pivot is very useful. He's quite complementary with the other players because of his role that is different and this allows our team to have a varied offensive play."

“Giroud bagged a strike during the recent Euro 2020 qualifier game against Moldova which France won 4-1" . The match witnessed the Frenchman secure his 34th goal for the nation and go level with Trezeguetas the country’s third-highest goalscorer in history. Next up, France are scheduled to face Iceland and Deschamps will be aiming “for another strong performance" after the scrappy 2-2 friendly draw against the same opposition last year.

Elsewhere, Giroud has the opportunity to prove the critics wrong once more by getting onto the scoresheet. The 32-year-old failed to contribute a single goal during the summer World Cup but he has since bagged three goals from five starts for the country. He has fared decently at the club level with 10 goals across all competitions this season.