Didier Deschamps ‘not worried’ about Antoine Griezmann as France gear up for Nations League Finals

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

French head Coach, Didier Deschamps seems not to be perturbed over Griezmann’s lack of form this season, following his return to Atletico Madrid from Barcelona during the transfer window.

The French star has only netted 1 goal in his 7 appearances in all competition this season but that seems not to be a problem for Didier Deschamps, as he is included in Deschamps’ 23-man squad for this week’s Nations League Finals, which will see France face Belgium in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Speaking about the 30 year old striker…”His goal in the Champions League was very positive,” Deschamps said at a news conference on Monday. “Even though he didn’t start, that goal will give him confidence.

“He has returned to a club he knows well, but with different players around him. He can’t just click his fingers.

“But because of his qualities and state of mind, I do not worry about him. I know he will be happy to join up with the France team.”

The Atletico Madrid and France international striker played an integral role in their World Cup semi-final clash with Belgium en route to lifting the trophy in 2018, setting up Samuel Umtiti’s winning goal.

“There is a title at stake; we have a semi-final to play against one of the best teams in the world,” he said. 

“With Italy and Spain on the other side, there are four of us fighting for this title. We did everything to qualify for this final phase in a very tough group. 

“We want to get this title. Before there were two titles: the Euros and the World Cup. Now there is the Nations League. Winning it is our goal.”

As a team being ranked number one in the world, according to Deschamps, his team will try everything possible to ensure that the defend their title as much is really expected of them.

“They have evolved well, with six or seven players on 100 or more caps,” he said. “They are the best team in the FIFA rankings and have a very experienced core.

“It is a beautiful generation of players, but one that has not yet had the happiness of success at the Euros or World Cup.”

Deschamps added: “It’s going to be a fight at a physical, tactical and technical level. There is a lot of respect between myself and Roberto Martinez and also between the players.

“But there is of course a rivalry there because we are border countries, which we also have with Italy and Spain.

“There was also the 2018 semi-final we played, but this match cannot change what happened then. That will not have too much importance this week.” he concluded.