Antoine Griezmann has revealed that he would like to play alongside Alexandre Lacazette for France again.
Laca got a start for France against Bulgaria on Saturday night and Griezmann hopes it’s one of many.
“On Monday or Tuesday, the coach told me [that we would be playing this formation],” said the former Real Sociedad man (via GFFN). “So I tried to do everything I could throughout the week to make sure that things wen well.
“On the pitch, the two players (Lacazette & Mbappé) are very easy to play with. There was no problem, we tried to make things happen. But it was not a game for attackers. I hope the coach will use this trio again.”
The 26-year-old played in a strong front line during the 2018 World Cup qualifier. He was alongside Griezmann and Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, and got 76 minutes under his belt during the 1-0 win.
Considering Laca’s struggled to get game time for France in recent years and this was only his third competitive appearance, it would have meant a lot to him.
People are going to read into Griezmann’s comments and that’s human nature. They may assume that just because he wants to play alongside Laca means that he doesn’t want to play with Olivier Giroud, who started on the bench, but we know this isn’t the case. In fact, the Atletico Madrid forward had high praise for the 31-year-old during the summer.
However, while Giroud’s career is just beginning to wind down, Laca’s is just starting. He completed a record move to Arsenal and has hit the ground running in a new league.
What’s more, he’s now getting more game time for his country, which shows that his hard work is paying off.
No wonder his compatriot had some kind words post-match.