the pressure mounts on the shoulders of the ghostly Antoine Griezmann

the pressure mounts on the shoulders of the ghostly Antoine Griezmann

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But where did Antoine Griezmann go? Or at least the real one? Author of only 8 goals and 7 assists last season under the colors of Atlético de Madrid, the 31-year-old striker had a complicated 2021-2022 exercise in the Spanish capital. For example, he has not scored since January 6, in the King’s Cup, against a 3rd division team (CF Rayo Majadahonda). You have to go back to November 28, 2021 to find traces of Grizi’s last achievement in La Liga. We thought then that the end of the season and the passage in selection, where he remains a major element, would do him good.

Griezmann worried on the pitch

But this is not the case, on the contrary. “Until my injury (between December and February, editor’s note), I was very well. Then I had a difficult time, not being able to train or play. After the injury, here I am trying to find my best level. Scoring goals will come back. […] It’s not normal to go so many games without scoring.”, explained Antoine Griezmann a few weeks ago. It is clear that even with the Blues, it is not better. Especially since AG7 has not shaken the nets with France since November 13 (8-0 success against Kazakhstan). A series (6 games) that says a lot about the malaise experienced by the former Barça player.

Antoine Griezmann is sometimes difficult to see on the meadow, like Friday in Austria (1-1), during the 3rd day of the League of Nations, and seems only to be a shadow of himself, as he has hard to tell the difference. Even technically, a register where it usually exceeds and where it has never had the slightest problem, it’s more complicated. It is also the number 7 of the Blues, credited with a 3 in our columns, who loses the ball on the opening of the opposing score. But you just have to take a closer look at his set pieces. Apart from a well-kicked free kick against David Alaba and his partners, it’s nothing.

The place of Grizou threatened?

Established for the second time in three games since the start of this last gathering of the season by Didier Deschamps, who maintains his confidence in him and hopes to revive him, the 2018 world champion did not, however, play the last half hour in Austria. . And DD’s patience may have its limits. “I knew he didn’t have ninety minutes left in his legs. He’s not in his best shape, it shows in his acting and his influence in animation.”conceded the coach of the Blues in a post-match press conference.

The native of Mâcon, who remains the player most used by Didier Deschamps since 2012 (107 games out of 129, ahead of Olivier Giroud and his 103 appearances), knows that the pressure is increasing on him. The message is clear, and the urgency is more than ever there, 164 days from the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar for a Griezmann who remains, however, in 64 ranked games played with the jersey struck by the Rooster and the two stars. . At this rate, it might not last.

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