Antoine Griezmann’s early experiences at Barcelona have not been “catastrophic”, says France boss Didier Deschamps, with the World Cup winner considered to still be a key man for his country.
At the end of a protracted transfer saga which had dragged on for over a year, Griezmann finally made a big-money switch to Camp Nou over the summer.
He left behind a productive spell at Atletico Madrid and took on a new challenge with the reigning La Liga champions.
The 28-year-old was drafted into an attacking unit which already included Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, with fireworks predicted in Catalunya.
Barca have found themselves short of a spark at times, with Griezmann contributing only four goals and three assists in the Spanish top flight.
He has faced questions from some, but Deschamps believes a man who helped Les Bleus to global glory in 2018 remains one of the finest forwards around.
"Things could be better, but I watch each match, and things are far from catastrophic," Deschamps told reporters ahead of a Euro 2020 qualifying clash with Moldova on Thursday.
"It is also a question of how he is used. He was in his best role with Atletico Madrid.
"Perhaps he is less decisive [with Barcelona] than he is with us. However, he knows his importance to us and my confidence in him."
Griezmann is not the only French forward seeking consistency in 2019-20.
Olivier Giroud continues to be called upon by his country, but the 33-year-old is struggling for minutes under Frank Lampard at Chelsea.
It has been suggested that he will seek a move in January, as he looks to find regular game time, and Deschamps admits the situation is far from ideal for an experienced performer.
He added: "Obviously, it is a difficult situation for Olivier.
"He knew since September that there was no obvious solution. He is coping with the situation, and it will not change before a door opens in January."
For now Giroud is focused on firing France to Euro 2020, with Les Bleus set to book their place at next summer’s finals with a positive result against Moldova.
Deschamps said, with the world champions taking nothing for granted: "Being prudent does not mean being fearful.
"It is always good to be careful or vigilant. The reality is that we have not qualified - that is a fact. We will do everything to reach our goal. We must not believe that we have already qualified. We must ensure our qualification here. This is no trap."