Soccer – Barcelona
Posted on Oct 16th, 2020 @ 4:30 pm by TM
After Antoine Griezmann’s last stint on his positioning, debates in Barcelona over the management of the French were revived by Ronald Koeman. The Catalan club coach, who was present at a press conference this Friday, broke the silence.
After a very complicated first season at FC Barcelona, Antoine Griezmann was eagerly awaited for this new exercise. And the Frenchman must have smiled when he saw Ronald Koeman arrive on the sidelines. Indeed, the Blaugrana number 7’s problems seemed to be over as the Dutchman announced he wanted to put his player in his best position, which he hadn’t done last season. At the moment, however, this isn’t really the case with Griezmann. In fact, the world champion in the offensive quartet with Fati, Coutinho and Messi is relegated to the right wing, where he cannot express all of his qualities. It is more in the axis that the former Atlético de Madrid is comfortable. He also showed it during this international break with the French team by scoring against Croatia. Antoine Griezmann prefers to be the center of the game and appreciates the way Didier Deschamps uses it and he hasn’t failed to make it known. “It feels good, the coach knows where to take me. I use the trust of the coach and my team-mates,” said the native Mâcon. Words that talked a lot in Spain and saw a direct attack on Ronald Koeman there.
“I have no problem with Antoine”
While Ronald Koeman presented himself to the press this Friday before the FC Barcelona meeting against Getafe, he did not escape questions about Antoine Griezmann, his last appearance and the Frenchman’s commitment. Blaugrana coach was very clear on those files at the time, getting to the heart of the matter in relation to the Griezmann case: “Griezmann’s remarks? Everyone has the right to speak. We know that something like this can happen. I have yesterday afternoon talked to Antoine but not in relation to what he said. We talked about his position and the player’s performance. I told him I am looking for the best for the team and I think his position is on the right with some freedom because he’s not playing on the wing but more on the inside and he can go as a 10 or 9. In the end, I’m the one who decides what’s best for the team, then every player has to be the best the best he can. Work hard, be very disciplined, and be lucky with your offensive actions. He’s had 4 or 5 offensive actions that should have been more effective. But we can still talk about his position. When I was a coach, he played on the right during the Netherlands-France. Again, there is no need to add any further information on this topic. The coach asks and the player has to do the maximum. You don’t have to talk as much as a single player. For me it’s not an issue. It’s more to you I have no problem with Antoine. I don’t use a player who isn’t in his place. Antoine can play one-sided or inside. We cannot play with 10 players as number 10. “