Didier Deschamps explains Olivier Giroud omission

Didier Deschamps says his decision to start Antoine Griezmann ahead of Olivier Giroud against Germany was tactical

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud Photo: Olivier Giroud/Instagram

Didier Deschamps says he opted to play Antoine Griezmann ahead of Olivier Giroud in his side’s World Cup quarter-final defeat by Germany because he wanted more pace in his team.

Griezmann started ahead of the Arsenal striker during the 1-0 loss, with Giroud introduced as an 85th-minute substitute at the Maracana.

And Deschamps insists that his reason for starting Giroud, who featured in all of France’s games in Brazil, from the bench was purely tactical.

“Why did I play Griezmann rather than Giroud? I made that choice because it was important to put speed [into the team],” Deschamps told L’Equipe.

“I expected to see Philipp Lahm on the right flank of defence, so we needed to defend well on that side too. Antoine did well in the second half.”

Mats Hummels’ early header proved enough to see Germany through to the semi-finals in Brazil.

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