Team France - Blues - For Antoine Griezmann, the alert level has been reached

Team France – Blues – For Antoine Griezmann, the alert level has been reached

1274 minutes exactly. Not one less. This is the time that separates Antoine Griezmann from his last goal. The Blues striker has not scored in 20 games and his last goal dates back to January in a Copa del Rey match against Rayo Majadahonda. To a player of his caliber, this silence is like an eternity. “I want to be important and decisive, it’s not normal to spend so many games without scoringhe confessed in AS.

He has never been through such a desert crossing. A former Atlético mastermind, a Champions League finalist and Europa League winner, Griezmann has slipped through the ranks throughout the season. He even finished out of Diego Simeone’s eleven, an unimaginable outcome when he walked on the Liga.

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But for three seasons, Griezmann has been dragging his feet at the club. His return to Atlético is currently a fiasco. Even though he explained it, a little awkwardly, on Friday night in the corridors of the Stade de France. “I did a pre-season at Barça that was completely different from Atlético’s gamehe confided after the defeat against Denmark (1-2). I needed to finish well this season. Next year I will do the pre-season with Atlético and it will be much better physically.“It is difficult, ten months later, to put the failed Frenchman on the back of training with Barça.

December muscle injury and January relapse can, in part, determine the contours of the black hole. But today, a real doubt surrounds its real level. Will the great Griezmann of the Blues and Atlético one day see each other again? Until last year, his performances in the French team protected his status in the national team. The most important blue between 2016 and 2022, it has service states that protect it from any epidermal reaction. Didier Deschamps knows all too well what it takes to put him in the closet as soon as the wind blows in the club. After all, other players receive the same treatment (Raphaël Varane, Paul Pogba).

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Three times the average of the last seven games

The problem is that today, Griezmann, unlike Pogba, is significantly less capital for the French team. However, unlike Varane, the whole system of this team was built to put it in the best condition. Is the game still worth the candle? Since the Nations League Final Four in the fall, he has shone little unlike his attacking teammates Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema. In his last seven games, he has only averaged three times the Eurosport scores.

With the exception of two assists against South Africans, a last quarter of an hour in the face of outdated Kazakhs and a penalty against Belgium, his influence has clearly collapsed. In the image of his performance against the Danes. If he is behind Benzema’s goal, more is expected of him. “At the heart of the game, I was fine with two strikers in front of me that I was able to servehe ruled on Friday. I started well in the second period. Then I was a little upset about my efforts.“It simply came to our notice then.

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The raison d’être of 3-4-3

The 3-4-3 system showed its limitations against the Danes, but its purpose is clear: put the three attackers in a chair. From the moment the Madrilenian is no longer unavoidable, the maintenance of the system must be questioned. Especially since in the middle, three men have the stuff of incumbents. Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté, of course. But also Aurélien Tchouaméni, the sensation of the French team since the end of the Euro and without a doubt the best French midfielder of the season. Antoine Griezmann has five months to recover and turn off the debates as he has done at every international competition since 2016. For this glorious past, it would be unfair to bury him today. But the alert rating has been reached.

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