Antoine Griezmann has mocked Chelsea and their goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after he accused France of playing ‘anti-football’ in Tuesday’s World Cup semi final. Didier Deschamps’ side advanced to Sunday’s final against Croatia following a tense 1-0 win, secured by Samuel Umtiti’s second half header. Belgium dominated the opening period but were unable to penetrate a stubborn French rearguard, protected by the outstanding N’Golo Kante and marshaled by Real Madrid centre-half Raphael Varane.
He said: ‘It’s just an anti-football team,’ said Courtois. ‘Their striker plays 30 metres from his own goal. ‘France heads a corner and does nothing more than defend,” he said. ‘I would have preferred to have lost in the quarter-finals to Brazil, at least that was a team that wanted to play football.’
Courtois’ club teammate Eden Hazard added: ‘I prefer to lose with this Belgium than win with that France.’ But Griezmann, who is likely to spearhead France’s attack alongside Olivier Giroud in Moscow on Sunday, reminded Courtois that Chelsea, under their now former manager Antonio Conte, were hardly famed for free-flowing attacking football. He said: ‘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.’