Regaining his heyday in AT Madrid
, playing with Messi in Barcelona,
​​’dark period’ team tactics couldn’t be melted

in Qatar World Cup ‘second heyday’
Fast-paced and creative play, etc.
Challenging the champion

“Eyes on Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi” It is concentrated, but if Argentina wants to win the World Cup, Griezmann has to be stopped.”

Karen Carney, a former soccer player and sports journalist for the British daily newspaper The Guardian, emphasized the presence of Antoine Griezmann (31, Atletico Madrid), the French national soccer team, at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Griezmann, who was called the ‘fallen genius’, is receiving the evaluation as the core of France in this World Cup and is facing the ‘second heyday’.

In the semi-final between France and Morocco on the 15th, the players selected as MOM (Man Of The Match) were Randall Colo Muanido and Theo Hernandez, who scored goals, and Mbappe and Olivier Giroud, who threatened Morocco with threatening shots. It wasn’t just Griez. Griezmann was praised for leading France to a 2-0 victory with accurate passes, sharp tackles and agile off-the-ball play even without an offensive point.

In the past, Griezmann was the leading goalscorer of La Liga in Spain, comparable to Lionel Messi, who played for FC Barcelona. He scored 22 consecutive league points in the 2014-2015 season and 2015-2016 season, contributing to Atlético Madrid’s establishment at the top of the league.

Griezmann moved to Barcelona in 2019 and had a meal with his idol, Messi. His transfer fee was a whopping 120 million euros (approximately 167.4 billion won).

Immediately after the transfer, Griezmann said in an interview with Spanish football media ‘Marca’, “I want to play and train with Messi as soon as possible and get to know him on and off the field.” After scoring his home debut goal for Barcelona, ​​he said, “I saw Messi play (cut-in play) in training, and I followed him.”

His three seasons at Barcelona were close to dark for Griezmann. Griezmann, who was accustomed to creative linked play, freely moving between flanks, center and second striker positions, solidified his position as an upfront winger at Barcelona. He was criticized by the fans for not being able to adapt to the new team tactics.

Eventually, Griezmann left Barcelona to return to Atletico Madrid in 2021. However, Luis Suarez, a veteran, and Joao Felix, a superstar, were active as the main players, and Griezman’s presence was greatly reduced compared to his predecessor스포츠토토. Griezman’s league performance in the 2022-2023 season was only 5 goals and 4 assists in 14 games.

Currently in Qatar, Griezmann is showing off his special skills to the fullest, such as link play using fast speed and creative movement between the side and center.

Coach Didier Deschamps’ strategy, which employed him as a central midfielder as a substitute for injured Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, worked well.

“As a midfielder, Griezmann will score fewer goals than when he plays as a striker,” Deschamps said. But Griezmann says he has everything to play deeper: vision, speed, ball touch, energy and even intelligence.”

At midnight on the 19th, the World Cup champion will be eclipsed in the final match between France and Argentina. Griezmann confronts Messi, his old teammate and idol.

Griezmann said at a press conference after winning the semi-final against Morocco, “It is a completely different matter to face a team with Messi. I have seen Argentina play and I know how they play. Not only Messi, but those around him are strong. I will prepare well.”