Didier Deschamps, the coach of the France national team, has praised the enduring career of Olivier Giroud, the AC Milan and Les Bleus striker, as the team gears up for their UEFA Euros qualifiers against Ireland on September 7 and Germany on September 12.
Giroud has made an impressive start to the Serie A season, notching up four goals and providing one assist in just three matches. Currently, he stands as the second-highest scorer in the league, trailing only behind Lautaro Martinez.
Deschamps commended Giroud’s unwavering commitment to his craft, stating, “His remarkable physical condition allows him to consistently perform at these levels.” Footmarcato.net quoted Deschamps as saying, “Giroud possesses an unrelenting determination to sustain his peak performance, as he demonstrated last year and is currently showcasing this season.”
Deschamps continued, “A few years ago, reaching the age of 35 was often seen as the limit for a player’s career, but today, there are numerous athletes pushing the age of 40 who continue to excel. Advances in medical treatments and training have undoubtedly played a role, but the crucial factor is the right mindset, and Olivier embodies that.”
With 54 goals in 124 appearances for France, Giroud holds the record as their all-time leading goal scorer.
France currently leads Group B in the Euro 2024 qualifiers, amassing an impressive 12 points from four matches.