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Ronald Koeman told Antoine Griezmann to play on the right side of the pitch

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17 Oct 2020
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During the international hiatus, French boss Didier Deschamps revealed that Griezmann was unhappy with the role he was asked to play at the Camp Nou, which sees him deployed on a broader area than he prefers.

Griezmann will continue playing on the right side of the pitch.

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has told Antoine Griezmann that he will continue to play on the right side of the field and it is up to the FIFA World Cup winner to prove that he justifies his selection. During the international hiatus, French boss Didier Deschamps revealed that Griezmann was unhappy with the role he was asked to play at the Camp Nou, which sees him deployed on a broader area than he prefers. Griezmann then came forward after playing a pivotal role in France’s 2-1 win over Croatia, praising Deschamps for knowing “where to put him”. Koeman, however, doubled his choice and told the former Atlético Madrid star that he must find his best level. “Everyone has the right to say whatever he wants,” Koeman said. “I spoke to Antoine yesterday because I wanted to, not because of what he said.

The coach is making the orders, not players.

“I told him that I want the best for the team, and I know that he can play on the right side and other positions. Every player has to find his best performance. He already does everything he can: works hard has great discipline and now has to be more fortunate with your final touch. There were a couple of times against Sevilla where he could have done better. As for his positioning, I remember when I was a coach in the Netherlands, we played against France, and he played on the right side. It is the coach who makes the orders.” Koeman added that he did not take the situation personally. “I don’t have any problems with Antoine.

 

I am looking for only the best for the team and the club,” he said. “My job is to come up with the best performance for each player, but I can only pick 11.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen will miss El Clasico

“I will not ask the player to play a role that is far from what he is used to, and I do not do it with Griezmann, because he can play on the right. I understand that maybe there are positions that he prefers, but we cannot play with two players in the role of 10”. Meanwhile, the Dutchman says goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen is unlikely to play in El Clásico, which is scheduled for October 24. “He’s been working on the pitch since Monday, and he’s going well, but I don’t think he’ll be ready for the Clásico,” he said. “I think it will be too early for him. We shouldn’t rush him because we are happy with Neto. I hope Mark will be with us soon, but it probably won’t be next week.

 

Before then, Barcelona travels on Saturday to Getafe before hosting Ferencváros in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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