Griezmann questions France tactics after frustrating Ukraine draw to open 2022 World Cup qualifying

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Antoine Griezmann hasquestioned France’s tacticsafter Les Bleus were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Ukraine in 2022 World Cup qualifying on Wednesday.

France head coach Didier Deschamps opted for a4-4-2 shape rather than his usual 4-2-3-1 formation, and France struggled to adjust to the change.

Griezmann opened the scoring in the 19th minute with a curled effort but France were unable to find a killer second goal. Les Bleus werepunished in the second half, as Presnel Kimpembe’s own goal gave Ukraine a pointin both teams’ qualifying opener.

Speaking to TF1, Griezmann said: “We needed maybe more offensive players who are able to go one-v-one on the sidelines. We will learn to play in a system like that and try to start winning again. We wanted to win but we didn’t play a great game. We’re going to look at it all and try to improve.”

Deschamps said:”We should have secured the win in the first half, we had the opportunities. It was more difficult in the second half.

“The goal that we conceded wasavoidable, we pushed to the end. We are obviously disappointed, it would have beenideal to win.

“The result proves that Ukraine is a good team. We lacked energy in the second half. We can do better. It is not necessarily a match where we were going to create a lot ofchances. We needed more precision and movement.”

Following Wednesday’s match, France will faceKazakhstan on Sunday and then Bosnia andHerzegovina next Wednesday.

Thematches represent the last chance for players to impressDeschamps before he names his roster for this summer’s rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament.

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