In a week marked by a controversy that faced Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappé, right-back Benjamin Pavard, 25 years old, clarified this Friday that the atmosphere in the national team is “very good” and he praised Giroud, just four days before France debuted in the Eurocup against Germany.
A day after Paul Pogba tried to cool down the controversy, this Friday it was the Bayern Munich defender’s turn.
“There has been a very good atmosphere since I’ve been here (the national team) for three years. We all get along well, you can see that in the training sessions open to you (the press), there is a time to joke, another to get serious. good atmosphere on or off the pitch “, He indicated the side from Clairefontaine.
After the friendly on June 8, a 3-0 victory for France against Bulgaria, Giroud, answering a question from a journalist, maintained that he had remained discreet for a large part of the match because “he had not received the passes despite his unchecks. “.
The Chelsea striker did not mention Mbappé at any time, but the PSG forward took himself for granted and showed his anger, according to L’Équipe.
Three days after the incident, Pavard, the starter of the 2018 world champion team, praised Giroud, who was assisted by one of the three goals that France scored in the friendly against Bulgaria on June 8..
“Olivier is Olivier, he has known difficult moments and he has always stood up, when we have needed him, has served as holder or substitute. He continues to perform, scoring his goals, “he said.
The Bayern Munich player acknowledged that he is “very close” to the Chelsea striker with whom he understands “very well.” “I’m happy for him (Giroud’s two goals) and for the national team,” he added.
Regarding the blow to Benzema’s knee, which forced him to leave in the middle of that game, he said “it’s going better.” “If he is going to start, we will have to ask the coach, I do not make the alignment,” he added.
According to the winger, France is not the only favorite team; and cited Germany, Portugal and Belgium.