Griezmann praises Deschamps for deploying him correctly in France win

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After impressing in a pivotal role against Croatia, the Barcelona star feels he has the confidence of his national coach.

Antoine Griezmann says Didier Deschamps knows exactly where to play him after the Barcelona striker played a central role in France’s relentless victory over Croatia.Griezmann scored a superb goal in the eighth minute, his third international strike of 2020, as Les Bleus won 2-1 in Zagreb.

The former Atletico Madrid player was deployed to a central position as he worked alongside Anthony Martial and Kylian Mbappe, who scored a late winner after Nikola Vlasic’s equalizer.

Although he has impressed for France, Griezmann has yet to find form under new Barca boss Ronald Koeman. Playing mostly on the right flank, the 29-year-old failed to score or even create a chance in his three La Liga appearances in 2020-21.

However, he put all club issues in mind to help his country win in the Nations League clash on Wednesday.

“The coach knows where to put me,” Griezmann said of Deschamps in an interview with TF1. “I take advantage of this situation, this place, the confidence of the coach and my teammates.

“It was a complicated game, not very good to see, not very good to play, on difficult ground. We knew how to suffer, the most important thing is to win and to show that we are strong. ”

France’s victory keeps them tied on points with Group A3 leaders Portugal, with the two nations drawing 0-0 on Sunday.

“It was difficult for everyone. We knew we were going to fight, ”said Deschamps. TF1.

“We did the right thing in the second half. This team has always had character. Just because you won a title in 2018 doesn’t mean you win with a snap of your fingers.

“If we didn’t manage to score against Portugal, it’s also because the opposition was good. We had great opposition today even though we had an excellent start to the game. ”

Deschamps was recently criticized by Alain Giresse for trying to deploy Griezmann as No.10 in a draw with Portugal.

“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.

“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. “

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