As we settle into our locked down new reality of wall-to-wall boredom with underlying worries about the future state of the world, we’re left to fight over scraps of transfer rumors as far as football entertainment goes.
Fortunately, here’s Karim Benzema, noted participant of salacious headlines, to interrupt our tranquility by taking a random shot at Olivier Giroud, who’s been France’s first-choice striker ever since Benzema was kicked off the team in 2015 following an arrest for the alleged blackmailing of teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
Going all no-filter on Instagram live, Benzema made it quite clear what he thinks of the veteran Chelsea striker, who played such a big role in France’s 2018 World Cup win despite scoring zero goals.
“You don’t confuse F1 with go karting. And I’m being kind. Next ... and I know i’m F1.
“It works because he’s there. That’s all. It’s not going to be spectacular, it’s not going to be anything crazy but in his way you see more of a (Antoine) Griezmann or (Kylian) Mbappe because he will put the work in.
“Does everyone like that way of playing? I don’t know.”
-Karim Benzema; source: Instagram via Mail
To be sure, Benzema does make a valid point even after essentially calling Giroud amateur level. Giroud does make those around him better. And sometimes, that’s precisely what a team needs.
Unfortunately for the Giroud, France’s third highest goalscorer of all-time, with Euro 2020 now delayed a year, he may not get the chance to replicate that trick again.
P.S.: F1 vs. karting reminds me that Season 2 of Netflix’s Formula 1 documentary series, “Drive To Survive” is excellent, especially episodes 5 and 6, which focus on Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon.