Antoine Griezmann has admitted that he felt sad at Barcelona when he discovered himself on the bench at varied occasions in the course of the 2020/21 season. The French footballer admitted that he felt extra ‘free’ in France as he felt with Atlético de Madrid than along with his present group in Spain.
The 30-year-old made a complete of 51 appearances for the Blaugrana final season, scoring 20 objectives and offering 12 assists. “Sure [I was unhappy at Barcelona]. Once you lose the title, for instance, it saddens me, ”Griezmann stated in an interview with L’Equipe.
“Additionally initially of the season, since I wasn’t enjoying, I did not really feel vital. I am used to enjoying the whole lot, the large video games, I discover myself on the bench in opposition to Actual Madrid. It is annoying watching teammates heat up on the sphere whilst you’re with them.
“However these are the coach’s selections and I’ve to just accept them and do the whole lot potential to vary his thoughts. In France, I’ve earned respect, ”stated Griezmann. “Those that know soccer know what I do nicely in all of the locations I am going. Within the nationwide group they go me all of the balls, I really feel freer, like in Atlético de Madrid.
“In Barcelona it was laborious for my first video games and typically the criticism was exaggerated. Nonetheless, in 2021 I believe it’s going higher. I really feel freer than at Barça, both to ask for a ball or to complete off within the space. In relation to defending, I transfer in keeping with the wants of the group, typically I defend as a defensive midfielder, typically as a winger. From the second I’m free within the assault I really feel good. When they need me to work as a winger, I haven’t got the dribble or tempo to take individuals on one-on-one, and I am not a goal both. “
On his much-talked about relationship with star footballer and teammate Lionel Messi, Greizmann stated: “We perceive one another nicely. Typically we write messages to one another, we speak lots in coaching, ”he revealed. “On the sphere, he’s clearly an easy participant to play. When it comes to the sport, issues are getting higher and higher.
“This 12 months was a bit troublesome as a result of we had numerous accidents and we performed in a system the place not everybody was essentially at their finest.”
Griezmann reacted to the return of Actual Madrid striker Karim Benzema to the France group with Didier Deschamps and stated: “I used to be shocked, in fact, but in addition blissful. He’s Karim, an ideal striker, who can solely do us good. Frankly, we will solely be delighted to have you ever with us.
“We should do the whole lot now in order that he feels his finest as shortly as potential, that he takes this confidence with him. He is a man we will simply play with and he is clearly welcome with us. “
Alba says that Barça let Suárez go to Atlético it was a ‘joke’
Luis Suárez scored 21 objectives for Atlético in La Liga because the rojiblancos beat Actual Madrid and Barcelona for the title. On the sale of considered one of his finest strikers to the champions, Barça defender Jordi Alba advised Cadena Ser: “It was a joke. He’s somebody who gave lots to Barcelona they usually virtually gave him away for nothing, particularly to a direct rival at Atlético.
“And look, they went on to win the league with him. I didn’t like. Aside from the friendship we’ve, the place are you going to discover a striker like him? It’s troublesome to seek out one. Sure, there are excellent gamers, however what Luis gave us… “