Jules Kounde praised international teammate and former Barcelona sensation Antoine Griezmann for his performance in the semi-finals after France defeated Morocco to go to the FIFA World Cup final.
Griezmann, who just completed a permanent loan move from Barcelona to Atletico Madrid, has been one of France’s star players at the World Cup, despite being deployed in a deeper role than he is used to.
The 31-year-old was awarded the semi-final MVP against Morocco last night, and Kounde, who also played well at right-back, lauded Griezmann, saying he is the heart of this France team.
“Antoine is an uneven player who battled hard today. “He is the team’s face, and I am really glad for him,” Kounde remarked, according to SPORT.
The Barcelona defender also praised Morocco, which made life difficult for France all through the game despite losing many key players to injury both before and during the game.
“Morocco caused us a lot of problems. “They were a really tough squad that knew how to play the game,” he explained. “I’m not shocked since this is a well-coached squad. They discovered a method to damage us and put us off guard, but we held firm.”
“The short goal simplified things for us. We were strong and put in a lot of effort. “We’re delighted to be in the final,” Kounde continued.
France’s next encounter, as they attempt to successfully defend their World Cup title, will be against Lionel Messi’s Argentina, who have recovered magnificently after losing their first game of the tournament.
“We will talk about it tomorrow,” Kounde said of Les Bleus’ Sunday challenge. They are a hard-fighting and difficult-to-beat squad.”