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Didier Deschamps on Antoine Griezmann: “He’s happy to be back in Madrid.”

Speaking at the unveiling of his squad for the upcoming international break, Didier Deschamps notably discussed forward Antoine Griezmann’s return to Atlético Madrid after a two-year spell with Barcelona.

His words transcribed in L’Équipe, the France manager noted that the World Cup winner was happy to be back at his former club, and that there were high expectations around Griezmann, as a player who contributes in various areas of the game.

“He often players very well with us – all you have to do is look at the stats. Coming back to a club is never easy, especially if things worked well or really well before. His last game, with that goal against Milan in the Champions League, will do him good. He’s happy to be back in Madrid, he’s got a smile on his face.”

“He has to get used to a different style of play, a different system, different players. There are high expectations around his return, but knowing Antoine, his footballing skills and his mental strength, I have no worries about him. He’s a forward, so obviously being decisive counts. But he’s also a useful player for the whole team as he has a big volume of play, he’s one of those offensive players who also participates in defensive phases. It’s crucial work.”

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