Friday 15 February 2019

Griezmann passed fit

Group C: France v Peru, live RTE2/ITV (KO 4.0)

Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann

French striker Antoine Griezmann has been passed fit for today's World Cup Group C match with Peru as coach Didier Deschamps seeks to give his side a sharper attacking edge.

France, among the tournament favourites, opened with a sluggish 2-1 win over Australia.

"What we can see is that there were elements that were lacking and we did have difficulties at the front. That is very clear, and I did say so at the end of the match," Deschamps told reporters on the eve of the game in Yekaterinburg.

"The aim here is to make sure we do better." Deschamps said Griezmann, who opened the scoring with a penalty against Australia, was fully fit.

"He's well. There was a little concern with one of his ankles, which was a little bit swollen after the match. He wasn't at this best during the match, he had heavy legs," said the coach.

Dynamic midfielder N'Golo Kante also struggled in the first game: "This meant we weren't able to have enough dynamism in attack, and not enough efficiency."

Deschamps said Peru should not be underestimated.

"They have excellent players up front, they have some very fast players," he said.

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