3 hours ago, 12/16/2022 08:58
photo: Équipe de France de Football
Despite yet to score at the World Cup in Qatar, French footballer Antoine Griezmann is one of the tournament’s most marketable players. The 31-year-old Atlético Madrid forward created 21 chances for his team-mates, which was his most. After their semi-final win over Morocco, Griezmann believes the reigning champions can also face Sunday’s final against Argentina and retain captain Lionel Messi.
“Every team reaches a different level with Messi. We have seen Argentina play, we know what kind of football they play and how difficult it is to play against them. They are in top form.” the agency cited Griezmann as man of the match after their 2-0 win over Morocco. He participated in the first goal, although he did not score an assist.
“The Argentinians have really built a very strong team around Messi. We know they will have a lot of support in the stands. We will see where we can hurt them and how we can defend against them. We will prepare well and I’m ready to believe that we can handle them,” Griezmann added.
While he scored four goals in the last World Cup in Russia and assisted with one goal in the 4:2 final win over Croatia, he had a different role to play in the Qatar tournament in the absence of midfielders Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante. He played unconventionally in the middle of the midfield and created chances for his team-mates. He has sent them to 21 chances and scored three assists. Second in the standings, Messi has created 18 chances for his team-mates so far.
“I feel good physically and mentally. The way I worked (in the summer) during the holidays and then at Atlético helped me. That’s what I need before the championship. I try to help the team as much as I can, as much as I can.” always “ said Griezmann.
“His performance was outstanding. He worked hard, blocked space on the pitch and every time he touched the ball he tried to liven up the game.” said French right-back Jules Koundé.
Griezmann has played for the national team in 73 consecutive matches, which is an unparalleled French record. He was one of the players who won gold four years ago in Russia. The Gaelic Rooster’s election could be the team’s first since 1962 and Brazil’s title defense at the World Cup.
“We can make history but we still have a long way to go. It could be 90 minutes or more. We have to stay grounded,said Griezmann. “Four years ago, after the semi-final with Belgium, I cried. I think now I am more focused. I am more balanced, I try to focus on recovery and preparing for the final.” added Griezmann.
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