The playmaker of the world champions, elegant and decisive against Bulgaria (3-0), arrives at the Euro in great shape.
Special envoy to the Stade de France
The general public would have almost forgotten. This is probably much less the case after the second booster shot delivered in less than a week. After his sumptuous goal and a consistent copy against Wales in Nice last Wednesday (3-0), Antoine Griezmann put it back on Tuesday night against a very weak Bulgaria (3-0), with in particular a magnificent acrobatic return for the opening of the score. Since the start of the preparation, the general public and the media have only talked about Karim Benzema, injured at the Stade de France, Kylian Mbappé or N’Golo Kanté. We hardly exaggerate, the number 7 of the world champions would almost take a back seat. But his focus before landing at the Euro on June 15 against Germany has the merit of being clear. The boss of the France team is called Antoine Griezmann. It’s his team. He is the captain with the bunch of keys securely in place in his pocket. Since the 2018 World Cup, “Grizou” weighs 13 goals and 12 assists in the French team. Nobody does better. The very definition of a boss, isn’t it?
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It is enough to have been in front of his television or to be part of the privileged 5000 on the side of Saint-Denis to realize it. With signs that never fail. And even testify to a total confidence of the Catalan, author of two goals in as many friendly outings and never so strong when he wears the jersey of the France team. Already, with the applause, just before the kickoff of a match easily managed by the Blues, it was he who led the votes, with a rating more than ever intact with the French public. For his greatest pleasure, the Barcelonan does not hesitate to take advantage of communion, as though weaned from affection with the successive closed doors due to the Covid.
37th goal in 91 caps
What about the field? The only truth in the end. In this area, Antoine Griezmann was quite simply the best striker of the Blues, even of the match, without denigrating the beautiful outings of Paul Pogba or Kylian Mbappé. Besides his liberating goal from the 29th minute of play, his 37th in 91 caps, “Grizou” perfectly fulfilled his role as conductor with the Blues positioned in 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 diamond. In the small perimeters, in search of sensation and connection with Benzema and Mbappé, but also in the long and in-depth game, the Catalan displayed all his palette. Simplicity, efficiency, serenity. Between elegance and relaxation. While showing himself available for his family throughout the match. What pleased his coach. “He has this ability to bind, with this technical accuracy to score and make score”, pleads Deschamps. Sign of a leading “box”, in his own style, it is he who receives the cheers of the public after a race of thirty meters for a saving tackle that annihilated a Bulgarian attack. Before giving way to Ousmane Dembélé, another madman under the applause, shortly after the hour mark (65th). Let it be said, Antoine Griezmann arrives at the Euro full of confidence. The France team did not expect so much. Here she is reassured.