Karim Benzema shot and scored the penalty against Portugal (2-2) at Euro 2021 on Wednesday while Antoine Griezmann appeared to have been named the number one shooter. According to the French striker, there is no real hierarchy.
History will remember that Karim Benzema released his goal counter for his return to the France team on a penalty, against Portugal (2-2) at Euro 2021, Wednesday. After missing one against Wales (3-0) in preparation, the Real striker this time converted without trembling to allow the Blues to equalize when they were seriously mistreated. A relief but also a relaunched subject.
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Griezmann, number one
According to the latest reports, Benzema was not number one in this exercise. At the start of the preparation, Antoine Griezmann had defended his status as official shooter. “Regarding the World Cup, I think I have the confidence to continue to shoot them, he explained. It is I who can do or not, leave it to someone else. I am someone. who likes to give pleasure and who shares. There is no problem. I think, in relation to the coach and me, to always be the number one shooter. Then you have to put it at the bottom and not miss it. “
A few days later, Kylian Mbappé had relaunched the debate and installed doubt. “The coach, he did not say anything, said the star of PSG. Maybe I missed, I was not there, but for the moment, there is no hierarchy . Maybe the coach will do one, but for now there isn’t one, we’ll see. “
“There is no order to take penalties,” says Benzema
According to the indiscretions of RMC Sport, Griezmann had indeed been confirmed as the player in charge of hitting them, while retaining the freedom to give the ball to one of his teammates. Didier Deschamps had remained a mystery. “There is one who will shoot him, he had slipped mischievously before the match against Germany (1-0). I will not give you details because if I give it to you, I give it to the opponent. “
On Wednesday, Karim Benzema grabbed the ball alone and no one flinched when he landed it on the penalty spot, not even Griezmann who recently regretted the “staring” of journalists on this subject. The initiative of the Real star happened naturally. “We didn’t need to discuss on the pitch to know who takes the penalties, he explained. There is no order to take the penalties. I had complete confidence in myself. I worked a lot in training. After that, you have to be focused. ” Wednesday everything went well. But who will shoot at the next penalty? The question does not seem to be entirely settled.