I feel “freer” with France than in Barcelona: Antoine Griezmann – –

I feel “freer” with France than in Barcelona: Antoine Griezmann – –

Antoine Griezmann has admitted he felt unhappy at Barcelona when he found himself on the bench at various points in the 2020/21 season. The French footballer admitted he felt “freer” in France as he had done with Atletico Madrid than with his current team in Spain.

The 30-year-old made a total of 51 appearances for the Blaugrana last season, scoring 20 goals and providing 12 assists. ” Yes [I was unhappy at Barcelona]. When you lose the title, for example, it makes me sad, ”Griezmann said in an interview with L’Equipe.

“Also at the start of the season, because I wasn’t playing, I didn’t feel important. I’m used to playing everything – big games – I find myself on the bench against Real Madrid. It’s annoying to see teammates warming up on the pitch while you are next to them.

“But these are the manager’s decisions and I have to accept it and do whatever I can to change my mind. In France, I gained respect, ”said Griezmann. “Those who know football know what I do well in all the places I go. In the national team, all the balls pass through me, I feel more free, as with Atletico Madrid.

“In Barcelona it was difficult because of my first games and sometimes the criticisms were exaggerated. In 2021 on the other hand, I think things are going better. I feel freer than at Barça, whether it’s to ask for a ball or to finish in the box. When it comes to defending, I move according to the needs of the team, sometimes I defend like a defensive midfielder, sometimes like a full-back. From the moment I am free in attack I feel good. When they want me to work as a winger, I don’t have the dribbling or the pace to take on people one-on-one, and I’m not a target man either.

Commenting on his much talked about relationship with star footballer and teammate Lionel Messi, Greizmann said: “We understand each other well. Sometimes we write messages to each other, we talk a lot in training, ”he revealed. “On the pitch, he’s obviously a very easy player to play. On the game side, things are getting better and better.

“This year has been a bit difficult because we had a lot of injuries and we played in a system where everyone was not necessarily at their best. “

Griezmann reacted to Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema’s return to the France squad under Didier Deschamps and said: “I was surprised, of course, but also happy. It is Karim, a great striker, who can only do us good. Frankly, we can only be delighted to have him with us.

“We must do everything now so that he feels the best possible as soon as possible, that he takes this confidence with him. He’s a guy we can play with easily and obviously he’s welcome with us.

Alba says Barca letting Suarez go to Atletico was a ‘joke’

Luis Suarez has scored 21 times for Atletico in La Liga as the Rojiblancos beat Real Madrid and Barcelona for the title. Selling one of their best strikers to the title winners, Barca defender Jordi Alba told Cadena Ser: “It was a joke. He is someone who has given a lot to Barcelona and they have given him practically for nothing, especially to a direct rival of Atletico.

“And look, they won the championship with him. I did not like. Besides the friendship we have, where are you going to find a striker like him? It is difficult to find one. Yes, there are some very good players, but what Luis gave us .. ”


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