L'Equipe: Friction between France's Griezmann & Mbappe at Euro 2020

World Cup winners France crashed out to Switzerland in the last 16 earlier this week

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As is usual after teams suffer a big defeat, the wounds have been opened with the France national team after they were eliminated from Euro 2020 by Switzerland.

Aside from the criticism for coach Didier Deschamps -- Zinedine Zidane has been touted as a replacement -- the focus has also fallen on Kylian Mbappe, who disappointed at the tournament, didn't score a goal and missed the decisive penalty in the shoot loss to the Swiss.

According to L'Equipe, the relationship between Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann was turbulent during the tournament. The cited media say there was friction between the two and that the former was jealous of the Barcelona forward's role and the confidence placed in him by coach Deschamps.

Remember that Griezmann scored one and created another during the tournament, while Mbappe neither scored nor assisted.

The French press speak about a "relationship a long way from being a friendship," although they don't detail what exactly happened.

They say Mbappe was more focused of Griezmann's role and importance than he was on his own performances and being at his best for the national team.


"Between Griezmann and Mbappe, things went badly. It was complicated," say L'Equipe, who also suggest the roots of the problem began in 2018. Given the scenario, per Mbappe's request, Deschamps had decided to recall Karim Benzema to add to the French attack.

The report continues by saying that Griezmann hadn't liked Benzema's return because it changed his position on the pitch.

However, the report makes it clear that Griezmann's attitude was always much better than Mbappe's, who was selfish and focused on his own personal situation.




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