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‘We didn't play a great game’ – Griezmann rues France tactical change

Thu 25 March 2021 | 9:07

Defending champion France started their World Cup qualifying campaign in unconvincing fashion as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Ukraine on Wednesday.

Antoine Griezmann

criticized France’s strategy after his side gifted one point to

Andriy Shevchenko

’s men on Wednesday.

France manager

Didier Deschamps

had a change in formation and started the game with a 4-4-2 shape instead of his usual 4-2-3-1 formation, and France struggled to adjust to the change.


striker Antoine Griezmann scored the opening goal in the 19th minute. But an own goal from central defender

Presnel Kimpembe

gifted Ukraine an equalizer before the hour mark.

Speaking to 


, Griezmann said:

"We needed maybe more offensive players who are able to go one-v-one on the sidelines. We will learn to play in a system like that and try to start winning 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 admitted that France should have killed off the game earlier in the first half.

Deschamps said

: "We should have secured the win in the first half, we had the opportunities. It was more difficult in the second half.

"The goal that we conceded was avoidable, we pushed to the end. We are obviously 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 match where we were going to create a lot of chances. We needed more precision and movement."

source: SportMob