Since the start of this World Cup, everyone has been talking only about Mbappé. But, in the team of Didier Deschamps, the one who puts oil in the cogs is always Antoine Griezmann.

World Cup 2022: Antoine Griezmann, the centerpiece of Deschamps

  • World Cup 2022 : Antoine Griezmann, the centerpiece of Deschamps

    France 3 – 1

    World Cup 2022: Antoine Griezmann, the centerpiece of Deschamps

    Poland

    • O. Giroud 44'
    • K. Mbappé 74' 90+1'
    • R. Lewandowski 90+9' (sp.)

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Didier Deschamps has favorites. And if they don't want to be called that, let's say pillars. Under the Deschamps era, the Blues have always reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup (three times, a first in history). Only very few have seen them all since only Lloris, Varane, Giroud and Griezmann participated. And it is of course the last city that the coach of the France team is counting on for this 2022 World Cup and against England in the quarter-finals.

Indeed, still a little young in 2014, the second striker of the Blues, then eliminated by Germany, cried hot tears. Tears of sadness that turned into tears of joy four years later when the Tricolores were crowned world champions. Griezmann was then one of the best players in the tournament.

A new role that suits him like a glove

But this time, four years later, the Colchonero took the bottle and he arrived in this World Cup with less confidence than in previous editions. He was going to have to face a new role too, that of midfielder. In the absence of Paul Pogba and especially with this system of play (4-3-3), his mastery in the midfield was preponderant in organizing the French attacks.

We wondered then if he would have the safe and if he could play in that position. The answer for four matches is: yes. On these meetings, he has quite mind-blowing statistics. Granted, he only made one assist, but he created five chances and averaged 3.8 key passes per game. Which is quite phenomenal. Often under pressure from opponents, he completes 84% ​​of his passes (93 in his own half and 75 in the opposing camp).

Defensively, he does not give his share to the dog either. Almost two tackles per match, an average recovery per match, he won 62% of the duels he had to play and managed more than half of his dribbles (67%). With this kind of performance, Didier Deschamps can only be happy with his choices and especially that one of his leaders responds when we no longer expected him…

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