‘Griezmann is not happy at Barcelona’ – Deschamps reveals dissatisfaction with France striker


The French star is unhappy to be used on the flank by new head coach Ronald Koeman

Antoine Griezmann is not happy with the role he is playing at Barcelona, ​​according to French coach Didier Deschamps.The 29-year-old, winner of the 2018 World Cup Silver Boot, which France won, is part of the Blues squad to play a trio of internationals over the next few weeks, but Deschamps says the former Atletico Madrid striker is not happy with his fate at club level.

Under Ronald Koeman’s new regime at Camp Nou, Griezmann has been asked to play an important role, although he is used to a more central position, which is not to the striker’s taste.

“I’m talking to him and I’ll see him later. I’m sure he is not happy with this situation, ”Deschamps told the media.

“I do not interfere with the use of my players at other clubs, whether at Barca or at anyone else. Antoine is playing right there right now. It’s true that Koeman said, and told him, that he didn’t understand that. he used to play in a more central position, but Antoine also has to adapt today.

“For me, he’s even more effective when he’s in the thick of the game, when he’s able to touch the ball a lot. In this position, he also has the opportunity to come and help in the midfield.

“He doesn’t have the ability to take the ball and beat his opponents on the wing like everyone else. He needs to touch the ball a lot and he’s smart in his movements.

Deschamps, meanwhile, suggested the French star be used in a more orthodox role with the international side.

“We have to do what is best, taking into account the different situations at Barca, the system and the players,” he said. “Antoine never complains, but to give his full potential, it’s always better when a player is in his best position.

Griezmann has played 80 times for Les Bleus and scored 31 goals, making him their fifth all-time top scorer with Zinedine Zidane.

France will face Ukraine, Portugal and Croatia within a week, the first two of those matches in Paris and the other in Zagreb.


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