Antoine Griezmann’s place in the playing XI of France team is not guaranteed according to Didier Deschamps. The Barcelona forward has scored 15 goals in his first 48 appearances for the Spanish giants last season but is yet to open his account in this season.
Reports suggest that Antoine Griezmann is frustrated with the new manager Ronald Koeman, who wants him to play in a wider position. The Frenchman who is currently being utilized in the right side with Lionel Messi is demanding a more central position.
Griezmann’s place in the playing XI is not guaranteed says Didier Deschamps
Didier Deschamps ahead of the game against Croatia said that Griezmann’s amazing record for France does not guarantee him a place in the playing XI. Speaking about the same Didier Deschamps said, “I know you’re looking at the last game, but look at his stats: 81 caps, 32 goals, 21 assists. It speaks for itself. It doesn’t guarantee him anything, like some other players who could have done better against Portugal. I know his talent and what he can give to the team.”
Didier Deschamps also expressed concerns over the position in which Griezmann plays at Camp Nou. Deschamps who was unhappy with Griezmann playing in the right side at Barcelona said, “Antoine’s position, I can talk about it with him, we’ve done it for a while. I know very well where he’s the most effective, the most influential. It’s in a central position obviously. He lacks rhythm, you know why. So, he needs a bit of time, he was much better in the second half compared to the first one. He’s an attacking player but, as he runs a lot, sometimes he’s an offensive midfielder.”