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Antoine Griezmann has admitted that he felt miserable at Barcelona

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10 Jun 2021
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Antoine Griezmann

The French forward made 51 appearances for the Blaugrana last season, scoring 20 goals and providing 12 assists.

 

Griezmann doesn’t feel important at Barca

Antoine Griezmann has admitted that he felt miserable at Barcelona when he was on the bench at various points during the 2020/21 campaign. The French forward made 51 appearances for the Blaugrana last season, scoring 20 goals and providing 12 assists. “Yes, I was unhappy at Barcelona. When you lose a title, for example, it makes me sad,” Griezmann said in an interview. “Also, at the beginning of the campaign, because I wasn’t playing, I didn’t feel crucial. I’m used to playing everything – big games – ending up on the bench against Real Madrid. It isn’t enjoyable to see teammates warm up on the pitch while you’re next to them. But these are the decisions of the coach, and I have to accept it and do everything I can to change his mind.”

Messi is a very easy player to play with for Antoine

Griezmann’s relationship with Lionel Messi has been discussed a lot since joining Camp Nou in the summer of 2019, but he has made it clear that they get on well. “We understand each other well. Sometimes we write messages to each other, and we talk a lot in training,” he said. “On the field, he is a very easy player to play with. In terms of the game, things are getting better and better. This year was a little difficult because we had a lot of injuries, and we played in a system where everyone was sure to be in their best condition.” Karim Benzema’s return to France has made headlines around the world, and the Barcelona forward is delighted to have the Real Madrid striker at Didier Deschamps’ disposal for Euro 2020.” I was surprised, of course, but also happy,” said Griezmann.

“It is Karim, a great striker who can only benefit us. We can only be glad that he is with us. We must do everything now to feel as quickly as possible that he takes this confidence with him. He is a guy we can play with easily, and it is obvious that he is welcome with us.” France are the favourite to win Euro 2020, which is a sign that Griezmann is delighted with Les Bleus. “I think so. Whether it’s for the first match or for this European Championship, we are favourites,” he stated. “Then you should know how to stay calm, work well and tell yourself that it will be a tough tournament. But for this first match, if we show good defensive and attacking solidarity, we can score a goal very quickly.”

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