‘There is no struggle between them’: France coach Didier Deschamps rubbishes claims of rivalry between star strikers Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann
- France need a draw against Holland to reach the UEFA Nations League finals
- Coach Didier Deschamps has rubbished rumours of rift between star strikers
- Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann played major part in World Cup win
- Both forwards are in excellent form the club and country at present
France coach Didier Deschamps has rubbished claims of a rivalry between his star strikers Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.
Both played a major part in France’s World Cup triumph over the summer, scoring four goals apiece in Russia, and are both contenders for this year’s Ballon d’Or as a result.
And given France’s wealth of attacking options, there have been rumours of discord between the pair as they fight for places in Deschamps’ team.
France coach Didier Deschamps has rubbished rumours of a rivalry between his star strikers
Antoine Griezmann trains with the France team ahead of their match with Holland on Friday
France striker Kylian Mbappe trains in Rotterdam ahead of the UEFA Nations League fixture
But, speaking ahead of France’s matches against Holland and Uruguay this week, Deschamps quashed the claims.
‘No, there has never been any contradiction between them or one who wants to do more than the other one,’ said Deschamps.
‘They have been important, one after the other at a different time and also sometimes together.
‘They are determined as they score goals and make a lot of goals. There is no struggle between them.
‘In fact they are both here with us, but not only them because there are other players, but it’s a strong power for France.’
Mbappe and Griezmann celebrate a goal together during last month’s fixture with Germany
France coach Deschamps in the centre of the action in training on Thursday evening
France require just a draw in Rotterdam to secure their place in the Nations League finals
Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann, 27, has 26 goals in 65 appearances for France and has scored six goals for his club this season.
Paris Saint-Germain frontman Mbappe, 19, has scored 10 goals in his 26 France outings and is in sensational form for his club, with 13 goals and seven assists so far.
On Mbappe, Deschamps added: ‘He has to keep doing what he is doing so well. I am very happy he is French. He is playing for the team, that’s good for us.
‘I am not surprised, I just want him to stay like he is, even maybe with a bit more efficiency in front of the goal.
‘He is like that anyway… he will do everything to be the same and even better.’
France require a draw in Rotterdam on Friday evening to secure their play in next summer’s UEFA Nations League finals.