If his unchangeable ability to adapt is put to severe test at FC Barcelona, Antoine Griezmann is still essential to the team of France, it is the pass or finish. He recalled him by changing to decisive passer for Corentin Tolisso on the opener and then scoring this Sunday night against Albania, in the framework of the qualifying for Euro 2020. He thus put an end to a very long famine under the shirt signed with the cock. An important goal for his 35th consecutive game with the Blues (only Patrick Vieira is better with 44 games in a row).
Antoine Griezmann had not scored in the last seven games of the French team, or 677 minutes without shaking the net. And even 707 minutes since he found the fault in the 30th minute in Albania at the reception of a Leo Dubois center. An eternity for a player of his caliber. The striker put an end to this shortage and joined Jean-Pierre Papin and Just Fontaine in the ranking of the best goal scorers in France, just one length behind Zinedine Zidane (31).
Co-best passer of the playoffs
What Antoine Griezmann has been doing since 2014 is simply exceptional and the number of goals scored does not tell the whole story of his undeniable influence on the game of the Blues, who does not have the profile of a pure center forward. Titularized to all positions of club attack for two years, it is in support of the striker in the France team that Didier Deschamps prefers. This is good, it is also in this post that he expresses himself best.
For if it took time to find his sense of purpose – witness his two penalties in a row missed against Albania and Andorra – Griezmann has never ceased to weigh on the game of his team. He is also the co-best passer of the playoffs of the Euro with seven offerings, tied with Raheem Sterling and Memphis Depay.
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