At the same time, the forward sees his situation compared to that of Paul Pogba at Manchester United. In 2020-21, the two World Cup winners faced difficulties, which led to inevitable questions of their future and value for the club and the country.
Antoine Griezmann is facing problems at the club level
Antoine Griezmann’s struggles at Barcelona will not affect his role in the French national team, Didier Deschamps says. At the same time, the forward sees his situation compared to that of Paul Pogba at Manchester United. In 2020-21, the two World Cup winners faced difficulties, which led to inevitable questions of their future and value for the club and the country. Griezmann is in that spotlight at the moment, having scored just six times in LaLiga this season. Still, Deschamps has full faith in the proven performer and will not snub him any time soon – having previously taken a similar approach with enigmatic midfielder Paul Pogba. Deschamps told reporters about Griezmann’s situation: “He may not be playing at his best, but that is not to question his quality. It would be indecent to question his spirit in the national team.”
Paul Pogba went through a difficult period at Man Utd
“In November, Pogba went through an even more difficult period with Manchester United. Being with us gave him a boost, and he had a great match against Portugal. Antoine’s case is the same, and it’s a matter of trust. They know that in France, they are in a different environment. All players can go through a bad period at their club, but I maintain confidence in them. Players should keep in mind that there is competition. If at some point I think that a young man has less experience. But he can bring something more to the squad, I will not hesitate to count on him”. The Blaugrana striker has represented his country 86 times. Through these trips, the target has been found 33 times; along the way, they captured the World Cup crown.
While Deschamps has no concerns about Griezmann, he will hope to see a crucial part of his plans to rediscover the spark in the coming weeks. Barça remain in the hunt for the LaLiga and Copa del Rey crowns this season, so it must offer a big-money asset ample opportunity in which to prove his worth. Any shape found at the end of the domestic season could end up working in France’s favour, as they count down the days until this summer’s European Championship and another quest for major silverware.