Antoine Griezmann has fired back at Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, after the Belgian claimed that France were an ‘anti-football’ team.
The 26-year-old’s comments came after the French defeated his country 1-0 on Tuesday to book their place in the World Cup Final, where they will play Croatia later.
In what was a tough game between two very competitive and gifted sides, Les Bleus ultimately prevailed through a goal from a set-piece, with defender Samuel Umtiti heading in a corner during the second half.
Following the game, Courtois controversially criticised France’s style of play, with TalkSport reporting him as saying: “France heads a corner and does nothing more than defend, I would have preferred to have lost in the quarter-finals to Brazil, at least that was a team that wanted to play football.
“France are just an anti-football team.”
Griezmann has now hit back at Courtois and claimed that he should no further than his own club, Chelsea, if he wants to see a team that plays an anti-football style. The French attacker hit back: “Does Thibaut Courtois think that at Chelsea he plays Barcelona football? I don’t care how, I want a second star to be on this shirt. That is all.”
Meanwhile, both Griezmann and Courtois have been linked with moves away from their club sides this summer – although Griezmann has since made it clear that he wishes to remain with Atletico Madrid, according to the Daily Mail.
Question marks do linger around the Chelsea future of Courtois and he has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid, who are looking for a new number one goalkeeper to replace Keylor Navas.