Griezmann “butchered”, Mbappé spills the beans!

Griezmann “butchered”, Mbappé spills the beans!
Griezmann “butchered”, Mbappé spills the beans!

On the eve of Portugal-France, in the quarter-finals of Euro 2024, Kylian Mbappé stepped up to defend Antoine Griezmann.

Yes, Kylian Mbappé knows how to defend. His teammates, especially. While Antoine Griezmann has been the target of a lot of criticism since the start of Euro 2024, the striker and captain of Les Bleus spoke out on Thursday at a press conference, on the eve of the quarter-final between the French team and Portugal. “Kyky” thus paid a strong tribute to “Grizi”, unfairly called into question in his eyes despite, he admits, less convincing performances.

“He’s been a bit butchered lately. I find that difficult and unfair. Especially since the criticism came mainly from the countryhe said. He is a player who has given a lot for the national team and I think it is important to have recognition. He is in a bit of a tougher moment, it is not a shame to say it, but he has the support of the whole group and I think it would be good if he also had the support of you, the journalists, and the people.

Mbappé’s appeal for Griezmann: “Help him”

The Atlético Madrid player, who was moved from one position to another by Didier Deschamps during the first four matches and even sent to the bench against Poland, “did a lot for the selection”recalls the new star of Real Madrid who, perhaps awkwardly, speaks of the Colchonero in the past: “It’s important to have recognition for the players who wore this jersey and who made the great moments of our country, and he was one of them. »

And Kylian Mbappé, hardly more inspired than Antoine Griezmann but author of a penalty against the Poles, continued:
“It’s a shame that he’s having a bit of a downer, that he’s being thrown out into the street and scratched. Afterwards, I can’t be in people’s shoes. Everyone is free to give their opinion but it hurts me a bit because he’s always given his all for the French team. He’s one of the best players of the modern era of the French team.”

Deschamps assures that Griezmann “is not depressed”

“That’s also what being a football country is about, supporting its greatest players when they’re in difficulty.adds Kylian Mbappé. He has always had the right mindset so we have to try to support him. He is someone for whom it matters a lot, he likes to be supported and to be loved. You see it on his face: when he is supported, he gives the best of himself. So help him and try to do everything so that he helps us because he is an important player for us.

An appeal that coincides with the beautiful initiative seen on the route of the sixth stage of the Tour de France, where a fresco in the fields of Mâcon, his hometown, was drawn in his honor. “Wow, thank you!”reacted on his X account (ex-Twitter) an Antoine Griezmann who we imagine is psychologically affected. “He’s not depressed!”Didier Deschamps is keen to point out. This is hardly reassuring before such an important deadline.

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