Adrien Rabiot blows up his French team for ‘not giving everything on the field’ after World Cup holders qualify with a draw against Ukraine
- Antoine Griezmann gave France the lead early on in their match against Ukraine
- An own goal by Presnel Kimbembe meant that the qualifying match ended on level
- Midfielder Adrien Rabiot was frustrated with the nature of his team’s play
France lacked intensity and commitment in their 1-1 home game against Ukraine in their opening match for the World Cup, midfielder Adrien Rabiot said on Thursday.
Les Bleus failed to threaten a very compact Ukrainian squad on Wednesday and Antoine Griezmann’s brilliant opener was nullified after the break by Presnel Kimpembe’s unfortunate own goal.
With more than half an hour to play after the tying run, Didier Deschamps’ side was unable to disrupt a solid defense and remained on one point with Ukraine, Finland and Bosnia in Group D.
French midfielder Adrien Rabiot was frustrated by his match’s 1-1 draw against Ukraine
Rabiot has demanded a higher level of performance from his team
‘We knew what to expect against Ukraine. They were here for the counterattacks. All teams in our group are going to play like this, ”Rabiot said at a press conference. “We have to adapt.”
France couldn’t do that on Wednesday, with Deschamps justifying his team’s shortcomings by saying several players had been involved in the domestic league three days earlier.
Still, Rabiot believes there was more to it.
“If it didn’t work, it’s because we didn’t give everything on the field,” he explained.
‘We should have used more intensity. With the players we have, we have to be able to play in every system. It is a matter of method and willpower. ‘
Antoine Griezmann put France ahead with a goal in the first half at the Stade de France
But Presnel Kimpembe’s own goal meant that the game ended on an equal footing
France will have two immediate chances to make up for their poor performance by taking on Kazakhstan and Bosnia on Sunday and Wednesday respectively.
“There’s no reason to be upset or panic,” Rabiot said.
‘We would have liked to have done better, but Ukraine played well. Now it’s up to us to jump back and do whatever it takes. ‘