Olivier Giroud

AC Milan and France national side striker Olivier Giroud has surprised the football fraternity by claiming Karim Benzema affected the balance of the world champions tactical set-up.

Giroud was France’s number one center forward as the European giants won the FIFA World Cup in 2018.

Meanwhile, Benzema had been one of the best number nine’s in the world in the colours of Real Madrid.

“I found out [about Benzema’s return] when the coach announced it,” Giroud said, as per Marca.

“It was Deschamps’ will. I understand it, but I would have liked to have been warned sooner.

“I have nothing against Karim, but his return to the national team created a tactical imbalance and in our way of playing.

“It was something evident in some games, which luckily could be fixed quickly, as could be seen in the Nations League. However, it took time.

“I had no problems with Karim at the European Championship. He has changed and evolved. We ate every day at the same table,” he concluded.

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