Antoine Griezmann became frustrated with Didier Deschamps’ tactical switch as France is in the hands of Ukraine in a disappointing start to World Cup qualification
- France drew 1-1 against Ukraine in their first World Cup qualifying match
- Antoine Griezmann gave his party the lead in the first half, but it ended right away
- Didier Deschamps played a 4-4-2 formation, not his usual 4-2-3-1 style
French forward Antoine Griezmann became frustrated with Didier Deschamps’ tactical switch as the World Cup holders made a stuttering start to qualifying for next year’s tournament.
Greizmann scored to put his side ahead against Ukraine, but Presnel Kimpembe’s own goal in the second half meant they had to settle for one point.
Deschamps moved away from his usual 4-2-3-1 formation to go for a 4-4-2, but Griezmann felt he needed to select more offensive players to make the change a success – although the team Kylian Mbappé and Kingsley Coman. , Olivier Giroud and Griezmann himself, with Ousmane Dembele and Anthony Martial introduced from the couch.
It was a frustrating evening for France and Antoine Griezmann, as they drew 1-1 against Ukraine
Griezmann put France ahead, but Presnel Kimpembe’s own goal meant the match was a draw
“We might have needed more offensive players who can go one-on-one from the sidelines,” Griezmann told TF1.
‘We will learn to play in such a system and try to win again. We wanted to win, but we didn’t play a great game. We’re going to look at it all and try to improve. ‘
Deschamps promised to get an improvement from his side for their next two World Cup qualifiers in this international break against Kazakhstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
‘We should have secured the win in the first half, we had the opportunities. In the second half it was more difficult.
Griezmann said France needed more offensive players to make a new formation work
Didier Deschamps vowed to improve his squad for the next two World Cup qualifiers
‘The goal we encountered was avoidable, we got through to the end. We are clearly disappointed, it would have been ideal to win.
‘The result proves that Ukraine is a good team. We lacked energy in the second half. We can do better. It is not necessarily a competition where we would create many opportunities. We needed more precision and movement. ‘
These are France’s last competitive matches before Euro 2020, with the Deschamps gentlemen still the favorites and many to win the tournament.