Olivier Giroud: "My relationship with Kylian Mbappe is very good"

France v Poland: Round of 16 - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
France v Poland: Round of 16 - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 / Lionel Hahn/GettyImages

Qualified for the quarterfinals of the World Cup, the French team could count on a formidable duo made up of AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud and PSG forward Kylian Mbappe against Poland (3-1) last Sunday.

One of the favorite nations to win the tournament and playing Attractive since the start of the tournament, the French team is fulfilling the expectations in Qatar.

Since the start of the competition, France coach Didier Deschamps has decided to line up four forwards with the presence of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Giroud, and PSG forward Mbappe.

As expected, the number 10 of Les Blues has been the determining element of his team having scored 5 goals and contributed 2 assists in just four games. Against Poland, the striker who will soon turn 24 (December 20) put in a strong performance with a brace and an assist for Giroud just before half-time.

That assist was surely an important contribution, as it allowed the former Montpellier striker to become the only top scorer for the French team with 52 goals, finally overtaking Thierry Henry.

Present at a press conference on Tuesday, Giroud was asked about his relationship on the field with Mbappe, in statements collected by RMC Sport.

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"My relationship with [Mbappe] is very good. For me, it has always has been, it shows up on the field," said Giroud.

The veteran striker added that the two players "are very pleased to play together," saying that "it is this communicative enthusiasm that we want to transmit to the rest of the team, the youngest, those who play less. Also to give pleasure to our fans."

Obviously, the curious celebration between Mbappe and Giroud has turned into one of the most iconic pictures of the 2022 World Cup. It's definitely not gone unnoticed by the press, and the AC Milan striker was also questioned about it.

"My celebration with Mbappe after his goal? There was nothing planned, I assure you," said Giroud.

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Explaining the moment in more detail, Giroud detailed that the two players just "met there" and then "a very beautiful image was generated." Giroud also joked that he "laughed a lot with the montages," before concluding that "it's natural, spontaneous."

"Top-level sport, and football in particular, give us magical moments like this", Giroud finished.