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Kylian Mbappe ‘annoyed’ by Olivier Giroud’s comments after France’s final friendly before Euro 2020

Olivier Giroud was unhappy with the lack of service in France's final warm-up game ahead of Euro 2020
Olivier Giroud was unhappy with the lack of service in France’s final warm-up game ahead of Euro 2020 (Getty)

Kylian Mbappe is angry with Olivier Giroud after the Chelsea striker complained about the lack of service from his France teammates, according to reports.

France sealed a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bulgaria in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game on Tuesday evening.

But after the match Giroud, who came on as a substitute and scored twice late on, admitted that he was unhappy with France’s lack of cohesion in attack.

‘I was a little quiet because, sometimes, I make runs and the balls aren’t forthcoming,’ Giroud told L’Equipe du Soir.

‘I am not saying that I always make the best runs, but I am seeking to offer solutions in the box.’

And according to L’Equipe, Mbappe felt ‘attacked’ and ‘angry’ following Giroud’s observations and the Paris Saint-Germain forward wanted to give a statement to the media about the Chelsea striker’s criticism.

Olivier Giroud scored twice in France's 3-0 win over Bulgaria on Tuesday evening
Olivier Giroud scored twice in France’s 3-0 win over Bulgaria on Tuesday evening (AFP via Getty)

Didier Deschamps attempted to diffuse the situation after France’s win over Bulgaria by claiming that Giroud’s comments were not aimed at Mbappe.

‘If you received the ball after each time you called for it, it is always the same, the attacker says, “I am making runs but it’s on the midfield’. The midfielders will say that it is on the attackers,’ said Deschamps.

‘Sometimes, the pass isn’t forthcoming, sometimes it is down the movement. But this is not a stigmatisation of Kylian or whoever.

‘Kylian, I spoke to him at half-time. He knows it very well, Olivier does not have the same profile as Karim.

‘He has a more axial position of pivot, while in the first half, the three could switch to be in any zone.

‘Olivier does not have the same profile. They have choices to make, they don’t always have to be interpreted. If they take an individual action instead of passing, it is up to them to choose, when it is not the game that imposes on them.’

France kick off their Euro 2020 campaign against Germany next Tuesday. The World Cup holders also face Portugal and Hungary in Group F.

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