FC Barcelona: Griezmann, instead of being a star, is constantly making his moods and challenging the coach’s opinion

  • Griezmann’s characteristic smile disappeared from his face, which does not appear in the Blaugrana executives. They have to figure out how to justify spending € 120 million on a player who has seven hits in 29 games in 2020, who has been waiting for a goal since July, who turned only two of the last 28 shots into a goal and who seems completely useless to the team. especially since he has recently begun to express his dissatisfaction out loud.
  • In Barcelona, ​​the French is a disappointment, but in the national team, as if by magic, he transforms into one of the best players in the world. But the Deschamps system is entirely designed for Griezmann and helps him maximize his strengths. The world champion is thrown from position to position in Barca, but he is nowhere to be found. In Catalonia, they laugh that the best place for a 29-year-old is the bench.
  • – Antoine has a right to his opinion, but it’s me who rules. And I choose what is best for the team – said Ronald Koeman. Barcelona’s new coach, unlike Ernesto Valverde or Quique Setien, is not afraid to put the world champion on the bench.
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I eat at the same table as Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – argued Antoine Griezmann in September 2018. The French was on top then. He was just the star of the World Cup, which he ended with a gold medal, and he was the undisputed leader of Atletico. In the summer of 2019, he was the hero of the great transfer to Barcelona, ​​but its effects met the concerns of many who said that the move would not be beneficial to either side.

Best position on the bench

Let’s look at the facts. Atletico had a terrible season in which they missed a goal scorer as Joao Felix was not yet ready to take on the lead role. Barcelona’s year is not much better, because it has not won a single trophy for the first time in 13 years, plunging into discussions about the shape of the team. For Griezmann, the games were individually the worst in years, the more that his role in the team was diminishing from month to month. It started positively, because Luis Suarez and Leo Messi had health problems in the fall of 2019, which allowed the star to act as the team’s leader. But when the South American attackers recovered, it turned out that the role of the second, and sometimes even third, violin did not suit Antoine, whom the French called the prince.

Griezmann’s characteristic smile disappeared from his face, which does not appear in the Blaugrana executives. They have to figure out how to justify spending € 120 million on a player who has seven hits in 29 games in 2020, who has been waiting for a goal since July, who turned only two of the last 28 shots into a goal and who seems completely useless to the team. especially since he has recently begun to express his dissatisfaction out loud. After the match against Sevilla (1-1) Ronald Koeman said that the player of the 29-year-old class should have used at least one 100% opportunity. In response, he heard that he could not properly position Griezmann, and Didier Deschamps joined the discussion. – The greatest asset of the coach is the ability to maximize the strengths of his players – said the national team coach.

The dry numbers are brutal for Koeman. In Barcelona, ​​the French is a disappointment, but in the national team, as if by magic, he transforms into one of the best players in the world. Except that the Deschamps system, like the one at Atletico, is entirely built for Griezmann and helps him maximize his strengths. At Camp Nou, Messi plays the role of Antoine and it can be assumed that if the Tri-color coach had Leo in the team, he would prefer to place the team just under him. The world champion is thrown from position to position in Barca, but he is nowhere to be found. In Catalonia, they laugh that the best place for a 29-year-old is the bench and it’s hard to argue with that, because Antoine just doesn’t fit Blaugrana’s style of play.

Koeman shows power

– Antoine has a right to his opinion, but it’s me who rules. And I choose what is best for the team – said Ronald Koeman. The new Barcelona coach, unlike Ernesto Valverde or Quique Setien, is not afraid to put the world champion on the bench and clearly communicates to him that he will not tolerate freaking out, especially since the numbers prove that even when Griezmann is on the pitch, he plays like that. as if he wasn’t there. He has a marginal role in the Blaugrana game, the eleven of which are seriously knocked by Francisco Trincao or Ousmane Dembele returning to his form. When Koeman was asked yesterday if the Prince would start El Clasico in the base eleven, the man, clearly tired of the topic, made it clear what his priority was: “Antoine has a chance to play like everyone else.” He is an important player for us, but it is pointless to discuss his role before each game. Again – the team is the most important.

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