Griezmann's brief Barca cameo leaves Simeone speechless
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Griezmann’s brief Barca cameo leaves Simeone speechless

The Argentine supervisor was surprised to see his former participant given so jiffy in such an vital recreation

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone stated he’s “without words” amid Antoine Griezmann’s struggles at Barcelona.

Griezmann was a 90th-minute substitute towards former group Atletico, who earned a 2-2 draw away to stuttering Barca in La Liga on Tuesday.

A €120 million (£108m/$134m) signing from Atletico initially of the season, Griezmann arrived amid a lot hype however the star ahead has struggled at Camp Nou, the place he has began on the bench towards Sevilla and Athletic Club in latest weeks.

Griezmann has scored eight La Liga targets this season and 14 throughout all competitions for second-placed Barca, who might fall 4 factors adrift of bitter rivals Real Madrid on Thursday.

However, Griezmann has not scored since Barca’s 1-1 draw towards Napoli within the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie previous to the coronavirus pandemic in February.

Asked about Griezmann, Simeone advised Movistar: “I’m without words.”

Diego Costa’s 11th-minute personal objective had put Barca forward earlier than Saul Niguez’s penalty restored parity for Atletico eight minutes later.

Lionel Messi transformed a penalty of his personal 5 minutes into the second half to have a good time his 700th profession objective, however one other Saul spot-kick – within the 62nd minute – secured a draw for Atletico.

It is the primary time Atletico have scored two targets towards Barca in La Liga below Simeone, whose aspect are third and two factors away from Sevilla with 5 matches remaining.

“We are respectful of Barcelona ​​with the quality they have,” Simeone stated.

“The recreation was performed on account of what we often do. We began effectively. Their objective got here in an remoted play. Then to generate a troublesome recreation towards a group that hold the ball effectively.

“We tried until the end. The work was very good, a very competitive team. I’m happy.”

Setien admitted he felt unhealthy for Griezmann after the match however revealed he cautious of introducing the Frenchman as he can ‘destablise’ his group. 

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“I understand it’s tough for Griezmann to come on when so little time left. I will speak with him tomorrow, I won’t say sorry because [it’s about] decisions,” Setien stated.

“But I perceive he could really feel unhealthy and I really feel unhealthy for him as a result of he is an awesome particular person {and professional}.

“It’s difficult to put him on without destabilising the team.”


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