France international forward, Antoine Griezmann was happy to be called up for France’s 2014 World Cup but didn’t expect that Franck Ribery would soon be sidelined and that the Real Sociedad star would be placed in the starting line-up in his place, but the 23-year-old is elated by the opportunity to represent his country and work with Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema.
In a recent interview with FIFA.com, Griezmann spoke about his rise following a year-long ban and is happy to have found his place with the squad.
“If you’d told me I’d be in the line-up for that game, I wouldn’t have believed it. Everything happens very quickly in football, though. You have to be ready.
Griezmann then spoke about his ban after an unauthorised trip to Paris while with the U-21 side, resulting in a national team ban from November 2012 to December 2013, but the Frenchman stated that the experience helped him grow and he feels as if he’s finally found his place with the squad.
“I feel like I’ve really found my place in this team. With every side I’ve played for, I’ve always tried to fit in and joke with my team-mates, while enjoying good times with them on and off the pitch. And that’s what’s happened with Les Bleus.”
Griezmann went on to add that his debut goal against Paraguay in their pre-World Cup friendly gave him a major confidence boost and has allowed him to play more freely.
“I already felt good in the side, but that goal gave me even more confidence. Since then, I’ve started taking more risks and trying my luck more often.”
Griezmann concluded by praising his teammate, Real Madrid star, Karim Benzema and is in awe of his quality up close.
“He’s a fantastic striker who’s indispensable for the team when he’s full of confidence, as he was against Honduras.
“I often try to find him, combine with him and give him good passes, but you can even send him a missile and he’ll be able to control it. That’s what him a top-class player.”