In the After Wednesday night on RMC, Jérôme Rothen debriefed the France team’s victory against Wales (3-0) in Nice. The opportunity for the member of the Dream Team to highlight the fine performance of Antoine Griezmann and to scratch the midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
The Euro is fast approaching for the Blues. Before the first meeting against Germany, on June 15 in Munich, the France team played its first preparation match against Wales (3-0) on Wednesday evening in Nice. In numerical superiority for a large part of the meeting, Didier Deschamps’ players logically won 3-0 thanks in particular to a nice goal from Antoine Griezmann. For the great debut of the Mbappé-Benzema-Griezmann trio, the Barça striker did very well.
“The real leader of the France team is Griezmann”
“Offensively, he was the one who showed the most physical qualities, I find him very good, very sharp, judged Jérôme Rothen in the After on RMC. I also find him very well with the ball, especially in the zones where one expects him. He did not do what he did very often to reassure himself, that is to say almost drop on the defensive midfield line. The fact that there are Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappé, there is a lot of movement and he stayed high on the pitch. When he is high, between the lines, we see that he has enormous qualities. I’m happy to see him at this level. For me, the real leader of the France team is Antoine Griezmann. “
“Rabiot slows down the game a lot of times”
Praise for the native of Mâcon, the former player of Monaco is much less with Adrien Rabiot. Thus Jérôme Rothen does not understand why Didier Deschamps gives him so much importance: “I think he wants to have a left-hander in his team, OK, no problem. In the group there is not only Rabiot . It gives him security but I don’t know which one. What do you expect from a midfielder when we play three? We expect him to bring in excess, either through races or with the ball by having personality, by making good passes, strikes, crosses, by being close to the attackers… There is none of that. He (Rabiot) takes the ball, he controls, he slows down the play very often. He plays sideways very often. He plays with the attackers, he stays stopped, he does not offer much. The only things he offers is when he shifts the ball to the left side, and that ‘he comes to insert himself in the line of attack axis-left as did Matuidi at times. But it lacks gnaque to make the carrier want e the ball to serve it. And defensively, I find him so nonchalant that he doesn’t recover the balls he should recover. “And Rothen to suggest to Deschamps to try another option:” If you want a left-hander, try Thomas Lemar! It will add volume! “