Antoine Griezmann happy if France win World Cup ‘ugly’


Didier Deschamps has come through a hard spell to guide France into the World Cup final.

He echoed those comments on Friday, recognising that there are similarities between the way the two sides approach a game. "It's the base. It is the style we have in my club as well with Diego Simeone, so I am used to it".

Deschamps, who is more of an Italian than French after spending the best years of his playing career with Juventus, knows that his team can raise their game if the need arises.

"I was top scorer but we lost, so I said to myself: I am going to score less to see if we can win'", Griezmann said with a naughty wink.

If France were to win the World Cup on Sunday, it would only be the second time in their illustrious history, after they first won it in 1998 on home soil. "I'm thinking more about the team now". He has proved it once again at the World Cup, but I don't have a special relationship with him. I will give me all to be the champion of the world.

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Do you think Griezmann should be a candidate for the Ballon d'Or? We have the opportunity to achieve something awesome. We all have to be proud to be French.

He added to laughter: "We have a handsome country, we have a attractive team, we have lovely journalists!" France, for its part, will face Croatia for the World Cup crown on Sunday at Luzhniki Stadium.

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Griezmann played down the parallels between himself and such luminaries as Zidane, telling reporters: "I do not like "Grizou" too much", before describing his ordinary day-to-day habits of playing computer games and drinking tea.