Olivier Giroud: ‘Winning the Premier League is my last dream as a footballer’

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Chelsea forward, Olivier Giroud has spoken out on the need for him to win a league title to add to his medal room which houses a World Cup medal.

According to an interview with Guardian UK, Giroud said he was teased by his Chelsea mates about not winning a Premier League title.

“It was a long journey and Rüdi was teasing me: ‘Anyway, what do you care? You won the World Cup’,” he said. “Mateo, who’s won three Champions Leagues, said there is nothing above the World Cup.

“So maybe people do see me differently, especially in the dressing room. I’ve been blessed but I’ve always said football is an everlasting new beginning. You can’t rest on your laurels. You have to prove yourself again.

“Anyway, there has been no time to sit and take it all in. You’d think when you win the World Cup you’d have festivities for weeks but we went straight back to our base in Istra, an hour outside Moscow. We spent time with the families but it was a bit ‘soft’.

“We didn’t go crazy. I’d achieved a childhood dream and I knew I had the best job ever when the jets flew over on the Champs Élysées. But then we had 19 days’ holiday, everyone going their separate ways, and when we got back together [in September] we had another competition to play.

“What you do notice is the effect it had on France. There had been the attacks in 2015 and I know we have problems now [with violent protests against Emmanuel Macron by the gilets jaunes movement] but we united the nation for a while. Football is the best thing to bring people together.

“That was clear from the impact we had on society in France. People forgot their worries, went into the streets and just celebrated. We are not a nation in wartime at home but we go through tough times. And yet football can be so good, it’s crazy. It’s good for the mental health of the people.”

“That was the toughest time. I never had a problem with Karim, even if he is not my best friend, and we always spent good time in the national team. But people portrayed us as fighting. The fans were not happy with me: not my contribution or performance on the pitch, but because I was there and Benzema was not. And that was just before I had a good Euros. The coach defended me because it was injustice. My performances were good. It was not me, the one to blame.”


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