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Didier Deschamps: Giroud would like to play more games for Chelsea

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Didier Deschamps believes Olivier Giroud should play more games for his club, after his impressive performance for France against Moldova.

Olivier Giroud scored the third goal for France in the 4-1 victory over Moldova on Friday night. It was his 34th for his country, as the 2018 World Cup winner is a regular on the score sheet for France.

His coach Didier Deschamps believes the striker is unfairly criticized and in his opinion, Giroud deserves to play more games for Chelsea.

The French international has played a total of 80 minutes in the last nine Premier League games for the Blues. However, he has been regular in the Europa League, netting nine goals so far in the campaign.

“Giroud is there, he scores goals. He does so too with his club,” Deschamps said via Sky Sports.

“He’d like to play more and when he plays in the Europa League, he also scores goals. In a match like tonight’s, against a low-ranked opponent, his presence as a pivot is very useful.

“He’s quite complementary with the other players because of his role that is different and this allows our team to have a varied offensive play.”

Deschamps also spoke about the mentality of his players after their World Cup win in the summer.

“I wasn’t really worried because, since the beginning of the week, I had told them what I wanted to tell them about the match through the sessions we had – there was a lot of dedication,” added Deschamps.

“The players know. The more experienced players I have like that, then the rest of the group follows.

“It seems normal and logical but I do appreciate the quality and the mindset we have.

“The players know it, it’s how we got to where we got last summer and that’s something we absolutely need to keep regardless of the match and the players we are facing.”