World champions in crisis: French players fear boss Didier Deschamps ‘is losing control’, captain Hugo Lloris is tearing into team-mates for ‘a lack of commitment and aggression’ – and it’s all left Antoine Griezmann ‘confused’ after five draws in a row
- France drew 1-1 with Ukraine in World Cup qualifying on Saturday
- Les Blues have now failed to win any of their last five matches
- They crashed out of Euro 2020 early despite being the favourites
- Manager Didier Deschamps is coming under increasing pressure
Serious questions of Didier Deschamps are starting to be asked after France failed to win a game for the fifth time in a row against Ukraine on Saturday.
Anthony Martial rescued a point for Les Blues at the weekend while Antoine Griezmann did the same against Bosnia & Herzegovina last week.
Deschamps’ side still sit top of Group D on nine points but their recent stuttering form is concerning.
Didier Deschamps watched his France side fail to win a fifth game in a row at the weekend
The world champions crashed out of Euro 2020 early on despite being favourites and they haven’t shown any signs of bouncing back so far.
Karim Benzema had success since his return on a personal level at the tournament, scoring four times, but L’Equipe suggest that his return has partnered a new imbalance within the group.
France flattered to deceive in the group stages, winning just one of their three games before being upset by Switzerland on penalties in what was one of the shocks of the tournament.
They also claim discipline within the squad has started to slip with Deschamps dropping his usual authoritarian approach and allowing players to have much more influence.
Les Blues could only manage a point against Ukraine in the World Cup qualifier
There used to be almost a sense of fear from the players when it came to the manager but this is no longer the case.
Meanwhile, the dressing room itself has also become less united than before.
Captain Hugo Lloris was critical of the ‘lack of commitment and aggressiveness’ following the draw in Kiev last week, adding that it was ‘up to everyone to increase their level.’
Antoine Griezmann has grown increasingly confused over his role in the team recently
Antoine Griezmann is another player who has not been pleased with things in recent months with the forward confused by his the lack of consistency in his role and decreased responsibility in a creative sense.
Deschamps is under big pressure ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Finland, which is an important one.
The Fins are only four points behind them in Group D having played two less matches.
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