EURO 2020

Antoine Griezmann Bizarrely Claims France "Forgot How to Play" in a Full Stadium

Antoine Griezmann says France 'forgot' how to play in front of a full stadium
Antoine Griezmann says France 'forgot' how to play in front of a full stadium / Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Antoine Griezmann has claimed that France "forgot how to play" in a stadium full of fans following their 1-1 draw with Hungary on Saturday.

The world champions started their Euro 2020 journey with a win over Germany, but struggled to replicate their performance, with Griezmann claiming his teammates were unable to hear each other over the noise in the stadium.

Attila Fiola gave Hungary the lead just before half-time, and it was Griezmann who rescued a point for France in the 66th minute. Speaking after the game, the Barcelona star told beIN Sport: "I am shattered. It was super hot, the pitch was dry and we struggled to find some rhythm. We could not hear each other because of the noise in the stadium and we are not used to it anymore after playing for so long in empty stadiums and silence."

France boss Dider Deschamps admitted his side should have done better, but insisted that he's told his team to stay positive. "We should have scored in the first half, and we concede on their only chance. One point is not what we expected but we will take it and move on," he said.

"We have to stay positive. The result today is not enough but we knew it would be tough. At home, their fans gave them a lot of strength and energy. They defend very well, we saw it as well until the 83rd minute against Portugal."

Defending champions Portugal later lost 4-2 to Germany, and take on France in the "Group of Death" on Wednesday night, while Hungary are up against Joachim Low's side as they eye an unlikely qualification to the next stage of Euro 2020.