Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

No rivalry between Mbappe and Griezmann - Deschamps

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Griezmann, 27 and Mbappe, 19, were two of France's key performers in Russian Federation this summer, each scoring four goals as Les Bleus lifted their second World Cup title.

Deschamps played down any suggestions there was a rivalry between the pair as his side prepare for matches against Netherlands and Uruguay.

Following France's success, both are believed to be in the running to win this year's Ballon d'Or but Deschamps does not believe their individual competition will create a rift.

"No, there has never been any contradiction between them or one who wants to do more than the other one", Deschamps insisted.

'They have been important, one after the other at a different time and also sometimes together.

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In fact they struggled so much that following the Netherlands' 2-0 victory over France they have been relegated.

Mbappe scored in a 2-1 win over the Dutch in September and Deschamps hopes the 19-year-old can continue his strong form for Les Bleus, having already scored 10 goals in 26 appearances for his country. I am very happy he is French. He is playing for the team, that's good for us.

'He is like that anyway. he will do everything to be the same and even better'.

The French need just a point from their final match - in Rotterdam on Friday - to ensure a place in the knockout stages, and former France midfielder Deschamps picked out Frenkie de Jong as the key to the Dutch revival under Ronald Koeman after failing to qualify for the summer's World Cup. "We know what we have to do", he said.

The Netherlands were excellent against the world champions and perhaps deserved to win by an even larger scoreline, but will be content with the goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay.

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