‘Griezmann is not a number 10’ – Deschamps slammed for playing the French star out of his position at Portugal’s deadlock


France boss has been criticized for tinkering with his line-up in an attempt to help the Barcelona striker regain his lost confidence

Antoine Griezmann is not a number 10, according to Alain Giresse, who criticized Didier Deschamps for playing the French star out of position during a standoff with Portugal.France were held to a 0-0 draw by Portugal in a surprisingly silent UEFA Nations League clash at Stade de France on Sunday.

A repeat of the 2016 European Championship final, which Portugal won after extra time, is expected to deliver fireworks, with 1,000 French supporters allowed to cheer on World Cup winners amid the current crisis in coronavirus.

Kylian Mbappe wasted the best chance of the game for the hosts when he saw a strike saved by Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio, while Pepe directed the ball into the net for the visitors only to be denied by the off-flag. Game.

The two teams ultimately called each other out, with Griezmann forming a third of an ineffective attacking triumvirate alongside Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.

The 29-year-old has struggled for form since joining Barcelona from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019, and has yet to score at the start of the new La Liga season, with his struggles continuing on the international scene.

French legend Giresse, who was part of the team that won the 1984 European Championship, said Deschamps was guilty of trying to meet Griezmann’s needs instead of those of the team, and that Giroud should be the man taking the lead role of the target man.

“The problem is that Griezmann has lost his confidence, and Didier is playing against him to try to bring him back,” Giresse said. The team after the clash with Portugal.

“He played like a 10, but Griezmann is not a 10. We have always said that if there is a player around whom the game has to turn, it should be Giroud. At the World Cup it was like that with Mbappe on one side. and [Blaise] Matuidi on the other.

“Well we’ve been talking about a 4-4-2 and a diamond system in the middle and we know very well that we need things to complement each other when we try to play that way.

“However, for two matches, Didier Deschamps has placed Griezmann behind the two in front of Giroud and Mbappe. But against the Portuguese, Griezmann behaved more like a kind of false attacker off-center, he was no longer in support of Giroud. ”

“Because Mbappe is not the type of player who is going to move around the striker. He needs space. ”

Asked if Deschamps should announce the changes for a midweek clash against Croatia, Giresse replied: “Maybe, but not beyond one or two, three maximum. After that, I would try to get closer to the game system during the last World Cup in Russia. , when our midfielder got along well with our attacking sector.

“So I put Giroud in front, Mbappe on one side, to the right or to the left it doesn’t matter and I balance with a player on the right like [Kingsley] Coman.

“Finally, I put Griezmann in favor of Giroud, but not as a 10 because he expressed himself better at nine and a half. It had worked perfectly, but then again, Griezmann may need to regain confidence. “


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