Olivier Giroud: “At 36, it’s a gift”

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Olivier Giroud: “At 36, it’s a gift”

Is the World Cup still a dream?
A childhood dream, yes. When we have the chance to participate, we want to go to the end. And I have the chance to play a third, with this talented young group, which gives us a lot of hope. We are not going to claim to be favourites, nor claim to go to the final to defend our title, even if in our minds we have our own idea. It will be step by step, and we will once again try to bring the cup home. And I am always hungry. I’m closer to the end than the beginning, but I’m still motivated, and that’s why I’m still at this level. The mind is everything in sport. I never have enough, I always want more.

Are you in the shape of your life?
The best, I don’t know, but if you see some of my goals in the past, I was already doing “zlataneries”, stuff like that, I like acrobatic goals. I feel good physically, in my game, in my club, and I also feel good in the France team. At 36, being able to be so decisive and feeling good is a gift.

Is this your last World Cup?
I don’t set myself any limits. I said it could be my last competition, but I don’t feel like announcing anything. We’ll see after the World Cup, but my determination to stay at the highest level and have fun is intact. As long as my body allows it, I will not set myself any limits.

Should we be very careful about injuries in training, given what happened to Nkunku?
Yes, you have to be careful in training, the coach tells us. But there are imponderables, and we are always a little exposed in relation to injuries. But you shouldn’t think about it, train normally without worrying, and be careful if you feel small injuries, small pains. »

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