Tue 13 December 2022 | 11:57

Deschamps: Griezmann always thinks of the team above everything else

France manager Didier Deschamps has praised Antoine Griezmann for his performances at the 2022 World Cup.


eliminated Poland and England in previous rounds and now will face Morocco in the

World Cup

semi-final on Wednesday.

Antoine Griezmann

has provided three assists at this tournament which is more than any players. He also has created more chances (17) and recorded more expected assists (2.9) than anyone else.

Ahead of the game, Deschamps said he has not been surprised by Griezmann’s performances in Qatar despite his struggles in recent seasons.

"Yes, he's had a great tournament, but we'll need him to be just as good [on Wednesday],"

Deschamps told reporters in Tuesday's pre-match press conference.

"He's the type of player who can really change a team because he's so hard-working and so technically gifted. He's playing slightly different role in this World Cup, but it suits him well.

"He likes defending just as much as attacking and being a playmaker. Of course, his main responsibility isn't ball winning; his left foot is so wonderful, he creates chances for others.

"He's someone who always thinks of the team above everything else. He's extremely hard-working, probably more so than most players.

"He's been an elite player for 10 years now. Of course, he's gone through challenging times like any player, but he's mentally very strong. Like all world-class players, he's at his best in the most important games."

Bayern Munich defender Dayot Upamecano made his debut for France at age 22 but he did not impress Deschamps and missed the Euro 2020 but Upamecano has started in four games for France at the 2022 World Cup and Deschamps has praised the progress he has made.

"Dayot did have an issue with his mental strength, which I think prevented him from being the top player we knew he could become,"

the coach added.

"He's managed to overcome those challenges, he feels more relaxed, more confident. I do think that's what helped him reach his best level and show the qualities he has.

"He's very fit, good in tackling, good at passing. Sometimes he tries to overdo things a bit with his passing, is too ambitious, but he listens to advice, he's open-minded, relaxed, happy.

"Some players can be introverted in nature like him, and so maybe they need more time to develop and flourish.

"But I'm quite convinced when a player has potential that it will end up flourishing even if sometimes I must recognise there are other players in the squad who can also be very strong and have their role to play.

"So yes, he's been through challenging times, but he's now relaxed, more confident and showing he's a top player."

source: SportMob

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