Giroud: “The competition from Thuram? He’s an Inter player, it’s tough for me. But he’s a little brother”

Press conference day at the home of France, which is preparing for its debut in the European Championship (Monday against Austria). It was Benjamin Pavard who spoke together Olivier Giroudnow a former AC Milan striker: “I have the role of an older brother, of a father compared to the younger ones but in my head I am younger than my age and I also appreciate the musical style of the young people… I am always myself, I am here to help the younger ones; I knew Bradley Barcola, that’s why I try to talk to him a little, to ask him questions. It’s one of the things necessary to welcome new people”, he reports RMC Sports.

The topic of Macron’s resignation: “I’ll be brief: it had no impact on our preparation. If I have any advice to give to the French it is to go and vote. The abstention rate is not normal. I will not give details about my political inclinations.”

The first match: “It’s important to win it, it can put you in a good position, otherwise you’re forced to win the other two.”

Substitute and mother hen: “It’s a bit of a summary of my career, in certain periods: when my back was against the wall, on the bench, I always managed to get up. The important thing is to stay in the right state of mind, I always have the desire to give my contribution and take advantage of the space the coach will give me. I hope to give my best and enjoy every moment.”

Thuram’s competition: “He’s an Inter player, so it’s not easy for me (laughs, ed.)! He’s a little brother: I remember that I spoke to Lilian, who had nice words for me. There’s mutual respect between us, he’s one of the players who will take my place in front and I’m here to support it. There is no competitive spirit between us. We have to pass the baton, sooner or later.”

Mbappé’s condition: “I’m not worried, he’s been treated. I’m not part of the medical staff but it’s not by missing one or two training sessions that he’ll lose his physical condition. Don’t worry, he’ll be ready for the first match. Coman is also better, I don’t think it’s a problem serious”.

The journey with the national team: “Wenger told me that I could play until old age. I have always tried to assert my qualities, I have grown technically and now I play in a more mature way, I feel better than in 2012. I said that this will be my last competition with France, then I will fly to the United States. We must have clear ideas: I am 38 years old, it doesn’t change my way of being but for me it is logical that this competition is the last one with the national team I would change nothing. I went beyond all my dreams, I have won a lot, even a World Cup.”