Giroud hopes 'living legend' Henry manages France some day

Olivier Giroud snubs Chelsea teammate when naming World Cup's best

Olivier Giroud snubs Chelsea teammate when naming World Cup's best

France and Belgium went into halftime drawing 0-0 in an entertaining first World Cup semi-final on Tuesday, with both teams creating half chances but neither able to break the deadlock.

"He might not have the flamboyant style of other players but the team needs him in each and every match", said Deschamps.

"I think they are a lot stronger in defence, I feel it's going to be a hard tussle".

Le Journal du Dimanche devoted six pages to the Franco-Belgian friendship and rivalry - this time with an excerpt from an Asterix comic book on its front page, while sports daily L'Equipe twisted Tintin's "Destination Moon" to feature French and Belgian players.

"We've also shown we can play attractive football, we've come back from some hard moments against Japan".


As neighbours France and Belgium take on each other in the first semi-final of the Fifa World Cup in St Petersburg in Russian Federation on Tuesday, July 10, the media is busy painting the rivalry as between two famous comic characters - Asterix and Tintin.

"It has been a few years since he said what he said about me".

In fact, Giroud has failed to even get any of his 13 shots on target thus far - the most off-target shots a player has had at a World Cup since 1966. Because our ambition is winning that final.

Chelsea and Les Blues striker Giroud has admitted that while he has massive respect for France legend Henry, but he also revealed that he will be eager to get one over on Henry when the two continental neighbours face off in the Saint Petersburg Stadium. Whereas France has won 24 matches. Belgium have had nine different goalscorers in the 2018 World Cup (excluding own goals); only Italy in 2006 and France in 1982 (10 each) have had more in a single tournament.

Giroud can score - his 31 career goals are tied with Zinedine Zidane for fourth place on the Bleus' all-time scoring list - but history shows that France doesn't need its center forward to score if it wants to win its second World Cup title.

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