Deschamps praises selfless Griezmann: “He has such amazing team spirit”

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 06: Antoine Griezmann of France looks on during the UEFA Nations League group A match between Germany and France at Allianz Arena on September 6, 2018 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

France manager Didier Deschamps greatly respects Antoine Griezmann’s gesture to allow Olivier Giroud to take the team’s penalty against Uruguay

The Chelsea forward slotted home a 52nd-minute penalty to give France a 1-0 friendly win in Paris on Tuesday night.

But it was Griezmann’s deed in allowing Giroud to take the penalty was what pleased Deschamps the most.

The Atletico Madrid star revealed beforehand the significance the game had for him given his love for France and Uruguay.

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“Antoine is… I was about to say too kind, but not here. He has such amazing team spirit, it’s exceptional,” said Deschamps, according to Goal.

“He is always working for the team, and even in a difficult game like on Friday against the Netherlands, he tried so hard, he gave all he could.

“We had a situation where he wanted to help Olivier. This gesture shows the wonderful spirit and the sense of teamwork we have at the moment within the group.”

Giroud has now scored 33 goals for France and is just one off equalling former Juventus striker David Trezeguet’s tally as the nation’s third highest scorer.

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