French striker Olivier Giroud is happy that Netherlands are not at the World Cup because it increased their chances of winning the tournament. 

The Chelsea forward, who is currently preparing for Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final with Belgium told De Telegraaf, “It’s good that the Netherlands is not here and I mean that. 

“Why? Because it increases the chances for others, like us, to become world champions, and the same goes for the Italians, who I did not want to see here either.

“Everyone talked about these teams, why they are not there, we have been able to deal with the Netherlands in qualifying and Italy lost to Sweden in the playoffs, but in our view they remain two world-class football teams.”

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