Antoine Griezmann lost the captain’s armband of the French national team to Kylian Mbappé, something that did not sit well with the Atlético Madrid player. For the first time, he addressed the topic and revealed that it took him some time to “digest” the situation.
Antoine Griezmann recalled the controversy surrounding the captain’s armband of the French national team. The Atlético de Madrid player had hoped to become captain following goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ decision to withdraw from the French side. However, coach Didier Deschamps awarded the armband to Kylian Mbappé.
Griezmann admitted his dissatisfaction with the coach’s decision and that he needed some time to accept the situation, but that today none of that bothers him. “It’s hard and difficult, because I’m 32 years old. It took me a day and a half or two to digest [a decisão]. But when I’m on the pitch, I’m happy. That’s what matters most. Today I’m completely beside Kylian [Mbappé], who is our captain. Nothing will change, that’s the way I am. I’m past that,” said the Atletico Madrid striker.
Despite admitting that he did not like Deschamps’ choice, leaving the selection did not cross his mind. “There is no reason to leave the national team. It is something I have accepted, I support Mbappé and I will do my best to help him. [Para deixar a seleção] They’re going to have to let me go,” added Griezmann.
With history behind him, Antoine Griezmann prepares with captain Kylian Mbappé for France’s match against Greece on Monday.