“Humiliation”. The word is dropped in the Spanish press regarding the use of Antoine Griezmann by Barça. For the third time in four games, the Frenchman was put on the bench by Quique Setien at the start of the shock of the 33e
La Liga day against Atlético de Madrid, this Tuesday evening (2-2). And he was only allowed to enter the game at the … 90th minute! For the four minutes of additional time. Sergi Roberto (63rd) and Ansu Fati (85th) were launched before the Frenchman.
A situation that provokes bitter reactions. Antoine Griezmann’s brother Theo, for example, expressed his resentment on Twitter (“I want to cry serious”) before deleting his messages. Diego Simeone, who has shaped the Blues striker at Atlético for five years, preferred to avoid tackling the subject. “I have no words,” replied the Argentinian to a question about the very, very late coming into play of Antoine Griezmann.
Setien will not apologize to Griezmann
Quique Setien, the main defendant, had to justify himself in front of the media on the status granted to the French world champion, after this draw against Atlético which is expensive in the race for the title. “I do not entirely agree,” replied the Barça coach about the humiliation experienced by Antoine Griezmann. To let him in when there was so little time is hard for a player of his level. I’ll speak to him tomorrow (Wednesday). I’m not going to apologize, but I fully understand that he may be feeling bad. ”
“It’s sad to see Antoine Griezmann like that, explained Fred Hermel, before the match, on RMC. We can really start to worry about him. He is completely sidelined.” A year after arriving at Barça for 120 million euros, the Frenchman is at an impasse. Author of 14 goals in 43 games, he failed to win in the game and in the locker room. At 29, he doesn’t have much time to waste as an alternative to Barça. And really deserves better, in a team that would trust him fully.