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Shocking: Antonnie Griezmann informed to leave Barcelona

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Having struggled to produce his best form for Barcelona, Antoine Griezmann has been told he should look to move on by Bixente Lizarazu.


Antoine Griezmann has been urged to cut his losses and leave Barcelona by former France left-back Bixente Lizarazu.

Griezmann should leave, says Lizarazu
After joining Barca from Atletico Madrid for €120million in July 2019, Griezmann scored 15 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions last season – his worse return since 2012-13 with Real Sociedad.

The 29-year-old attacker averaged one LaLiga goal every 285 minutes for the Blaugrana, way below his best return of one every 112 minutes for Atletico in 2014-15.

He has been vocal about his frustration at playing on the right wing since Ronald Koeman took over as Barca coach in August and only played eight minutes off the bench in the 3-1 Clasico defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday, having been an unused substitute in the midweek thrashing of Ferencvaros.

World Cup-winning left-back Lizarazu believes Griezmann, who is reportedly set for a new contract at Camp Nou, should look to move on before his situation deteriorates any further.

“Griezmann is great. He’s a very, very good player and he’s fantastic for France. But he isn’t at all for Barcelona. This is a real problem,” Lizarazu said on Telefoot on Sunday.

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“He went to Barcelona with a dream of playing with Lionel Messi, but unfortunately there is no technical relationship between the two.

“He cannot find his position, he can no longer player football with Barça. It’s a crisis of confidence.

“At some point it is better to cut off your hand than your arm. Do not hesitate to leave when you cannot find your place.

“It’s been 18 months, not just two… the situation is really critical.”

Griezmann and Messi are yet to create a single chance for one another in LaLiga this season, though the Barca captain has provided one key pass each to Francisco Trincao and Gerard Pique, two to Ansu Fati and three to Philippe Coutinho.

They have also combined on just 23 passes, with Messi having shared more with Fati (35), Frenkie de Jong (39), Jordi Alba (47), Sergi Roberto (54), Coutinho (55) and Sergio Busquets (109).


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Shocking: Messi deliberately hands over penalty to Griezmann, Friendship Begins?

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In the 17th minute of Barcelona’s pre-season friendly match against Nastic, the Blaugrana won a penalty and it was scored by Antoine Griezmann to make it 2-0 at the time.

While most might have expected Lionel Messi to take the spot kick, the Argentine gave the ball to the Frenchman.

Griezmann scored to make it two French goals, after Ousmane Dembele had netted the opener.


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Griezmann insists his future is only at Barcelona

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Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann continues to be linked with a move away but has stressed his desire to stay at the club.

Antoine Griezmann has questioned why he continues to be linked with a move away from Barcelona as he reiterated his desire to remain at the club.

The France international endured an underwhelming debut campaign with Barça after arriving from Atlético Madrid in a €120million transfer last year.

Struggled out of position
He registered 15 goals in all competitions but was often played out of position and struggled to earn a regular place in the side in the closing stages of the season.

Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and former club Atlético have all been tipped to move for Griezmann, but the forward has no desire to leave Barcelona.

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“Is my future is at Barça? Yes. I don’t know why people invent destinations to see if one day they will be right,” he told French outlet M6.

“I am very well there. I know I have the confidence of the club and the coach so I am well. It has been a very complicated season for all of us but now we start again.”

Contract runs until 2023-24 season
Griezmann, under contract with Barça until the end of the 2023-24 campaign, scored for France on Tuesday to draw level with Zinedine Zidane as the nation’s fifth all-time top scorer.

The 29-year-old has 31 goals for the world champions, putting him behind only David Trezeguet, Olivier Giroud, Michel Platini and Thierry Henry, who struck 51 times for Les Blues.


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Griezmann hopes Messi stays

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Griezmann was asked about Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi as France prepare for their upcoming Nations League fixtures against Sweden and Croatia.

Barcelona star Antoine Griezmann is hoping captain Lionel Messi remains at Camp Nou after sensationally handing in a transfer request.

Messi has told Barça he wants to leave the embattled LaLiga giants, having spent his entire professional career at Camp Nou, amid strong links to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

However, Messi’s father Jorge said the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is considering the possibility of seeing out the final year of his Barça contract rather than forcing a move immediately.

Griezmann focusing on France
Griezmann, who arrived from Atletico Madrid at the start of the 2019-20 season, and his relationship with Messi made headlines throughout the campaign as the former struggled for consistency and the France international was asked about the speculation ahead of Nations League fixtures against Sweden and Croatia.

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“We are trying to stay updated with the issue, but it is between him and the club,” Griezmann told M6 as France prepare for Saturday’s clash with Sweden in Stockholm.

“We only hope that he stays. I am trying to stay focused on the national team and prepare well for the next two games.

“We have heard a little of everything but we don’t know anything else about all this affair.”

New life under Koeman
Griezmann scored 15 goals across all competitions in his first season for Barça, which saw the Spanish powerhouse dethroned by Real Madrid in LaLiga and humiliated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

After replacing Ernesto Valverde in January, head coach Quique Setien was also sacked following the 8-2 embarrassment last month, with Barça turning to former defender Ronald Koeman.

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Shocking: Griezmann offered to Atletico

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The crisis at Barcelona took a fresh twist on Thursday night with reports that under-fire president Josep Maria Bartomeu offered Antoine Griezmann to former club Atletico Madrid in a swap deal for Joao Felix.

Spanish outlet Marca reported that Bartomeu, eager to reduce the club’s mammoth wage bill, made the offer just days before Barca ended a trophyless season with a humiliating 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich.

The report says Atletico rejected the offer from the Blaugrana of re-signing Griezmann a year after he departed.

As outlined by the report, the Madrid-based club paid €123million (£108m) for Felix from Benfica a year ago as Griezmann departed for the Catalan giants, who triggered his €120m (£105m) release clause.

It went on to say Griezmann is believed to earn around €18m (£15.8) a season, while Joao earns just €3.5m (£3m).

Both players were named in Marca’s Most Disappointing LaLiga team of the season last month, due to each failing to match the expectations of their big-money moves.

Griezmann was offered a bigger role by new boss Ronald Koeman before Lionel Messi asked for a transfer this week.

Koeman has blamed previous management for playing him out position and wants to make Griezmann the focal point of his new team.

The Dutchman wants to give the Frenchman the No 7 shirt, last worn by Philippe Coutinho, who wants a move to the Premier League.

Last week, Bartomeu listed Griezmann on his seven-strong “untouchables” list.

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Barca proposes swap deals between Griezmann and Joao Felix

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Just days before Barcelona’s catastrophic Champions League elimination at the hands of Bayern Munich, Josep Maria Bartomeu made a surprising proposal to Atletico Madrid.

The Barcelona president offered Antoine Griezmann back to his former club in an exchange deal that would have seen Joao Felix go in the opposite direction.

Atletico weren’t interested in the offer, though, and decided to bat away Bartomeu’s suggestion.

Bartomeu was willing to give up his big signing from last summer, one which upset a lot of the heavyweights in the dressing room – as they wanted Neymar to return.

It’s just another example of the chaotic and erratic management that Bartomeu has shown in charge of the club, and again showed that managing money is his priority.

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Griezmann received 21 million euros as his salary, though that figure is just 18 million euros for his first two seasons, whereas Joao earns just 3.5 million euros net a year.

Instant no
Miguel Angel Gil Marin didn’t need long to think about the offer, immediately turning it down as Joao Felix is a player he has personally backed at Atletico.

But Gil Marin is still open to looking into a possible return for Griezmann, knowing that his first season in Catalonia didn’t quite go to plan and he struggled to find his feet at Barcelona.

For that to happen, however, Atleti would need to make financial room for the forward and players like Thomas Lemar and Diego Costa would have to be moved on first.

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Those two players were then put forward to Bartomeu as possible makeweights in a deal for Griezmann, to which Bartomeu’s response was the same as Gil Marin’s initial answer.

Griezmann is non-transferable
Seven players had been listed by the club as not for sale at any cost this summer, with Griezmann joining Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Ansu Fati, Clement Lenglet, Nelson Semedo, Ousmane Dembele as untouchable.

Luis Suarez and Messi’s possible exits will change Griezmann’s role massively and he will become even more prominent under Ronald Koeman.

L’Equipe revealed on Thursday that the Dutchman made it clear to the forward that he’ll be key this season.

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Shocking: Antonnie Griezmann wants Barca Exit

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Antoine Griezmann has endured a tough first season at Barcelona, so much so that his former agent Eric Olhats claims that he was looking for a way out of the club this summer.

The Frenchman felt unwanted at the Blaugrana until recently, but after a conversation with new coach Ronald Koeman, he is now content at the Camp Nou.

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“Before the defeat in the Champions League to Bayern, Antoine only had the desire to leave Barcelona,” Olhats told RMC.

“The reality is that Griezmann perceived that he was not part of the club’s plans, that he could not continue like this.

“He was seriously studying how to leave. Then what we know happened and a conversation with Koeman reassured him.

“[Koeman] expressed his plans, because he considers him an important player for the future.”

Following the defeat to Bayern Munich, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu mentioned that only eight players were guaranteed to stay at the club, one of whom was Griezmann.

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Griezmann Offers no 7 shirt by Koeman

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Ronald Koeman promised Antoine Griezmann a more significant role within the Barcelona squad before Lionel Messi announced his departure from the Nou Camp.

The French forward played second fiddle to Messi after struggling to justify his £107.6million move from Atletico Madrid last summer.

Following his appointment as the new Barca coach, Koeman blamed his predecessors – Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien – for playing Griezmann out position.

Koeman has offered the Frenchman the No7 shirt, last worn by Philippe Coutinho – who has been on a season-long loan spell at Bayern Munich and will likely end up back in the Premier League.

L’Equipe claim Griezmann will now be key to the Barcelona team, with the Dutch boss saying: ‘With all my respect, Griezmann must play in his position.

‘It is not extreme. You have to play in your position.

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‘This is the most important part of being a coach; knowing your players well and getting the most out of them.’

Koeman is said to have established Griezmann as a focal point of the squad prior to Messi’s announcement that he wants to leave the club.

Under pressure Josep Maria Bartomeu even listed Griezmann on his seven-strong ‘untouchables’ list.

Bartomeu – who is serving his final term of presidency – has since come under criticism, with furious Barcelona supporters having pushed through the Nou Camp gates to protest against the treatment of Messi.

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Griezmann confident Barcelona will win the UCL

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Barcelona face Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals and Antoine Griezmann, expecting a long stay in Lisbon, has packed his PlayStation.

Antoine Griezmann is confident that Barcelona will go all the way to the Champions League final and quipped he has even packed his PlayStation for his stay in Lisbon.

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Barça saw off Napoli 3-1 in Saturday’s last-16 second leg to advance 4-2 on aggregate and set up a meeting with much-fancied Bayern Munich at the Estadio da Luz on Friday. Bayern have won 26 and drawn one of their last 27 competitive matches and are the favourites of many to win Europe’s premier club competition but Griezmann says Barça are ready to knock the Bavarian giants out.

Just three games to get through
“I have the suitcase ready to be in Lisbon until August 23 – I have even brought the PlayStation,” he told the club’s official website. “We have three games left to win the Champions League but we have the tools to achieve it. Every team has the potential to win a single match. We are looking forward to it, we have worked well tactically and we are ready to play the game. We know it will be difficult, but we know what we have to do to qualify for the semi-finals. It will be a very good match. We hope to take advantage of the quality we have. We are in a good moment and we can play a good game. We have to be together, up front and at the back, and try to have the ball as much as possible.”

Prolific Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski either scored or assisted all seven of his side’s goals in their 7-1 aggregate victory over Chelsea in the first knockout round. Griezmann acknowledged it will be tough to stop the Poland international and is well aware of the other attacking talents in the German champions’ ranks.

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Bayern not only about Lewandowski
“Bayern are playing very well, they have a great striker, but we also have the tools to play a great game. We have to look at our strengths and try to qualify,” he said. “They’re a very physical team that’s used to having the ball. We have to make life difficult for them and play our game. Bayern are not just Lewandowski. The wingers get forward a lot, [Thomas] Muller, [Serge] Gnabry are also very good. Lewandowski scores a lot of goals but the danger comes from anywhere.”

Barça have disappointed domestically this season, finishing second to Real Madrid in LaLiga after being knocked out of the Copa del Rey at the quarter-final stage. However, the fit-again Griezmann – who lasted 84 minutes against Napoli – is adamant his side have showed signs of progress ahead of their showdown with Bayern.

“On a personal level it was good for me to have a few days to be able to recover and play against Napoli,” he said. “In the first minutes of the Napoli game I had no rhythm but little by little I felt better. The team really wanted to play a great game, and we are on the right track.”

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Just in time, Griezmann and Lenglet set for Napoli’s Clash

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Just in time, Clement Lenglet and Antoine Griezmann are back in action and could be fit to face Napoli on Saturday at the Camp Nou.

The two Frenchmen missed the end of the LaLiga Santander campaign due to injury, but they have now recovered and are only waiting for the medical green light, which they should receive in the next few days.

It comes at the perfect time as the Barcelona squad has taken advantage of the break to recover and rest after fatigue began to become noticeable due to the intense fixture list at the end of the domestic season.

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Following a week off and a few recovery sessions, Barcelona will have a real boost to have these two key men available for selection.

Lenglet’s return is particularly important for Quique Setien, who does not have either Samuel Umtiti or Ronald Araujo available due to injuries of their own.

Gerard Pique has played alongside Lenglet more than any other player this season as he has become a regular in defence, and a contract extension is already being considered for the Frenchman.

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Griezmann’s role


It’s a different situation for Griezmann as the former Atletico Madrid forward was just finding form when he picked up the injury, with Setien replacing him with Ansu Fati.

The youngster didn’t waste his opportunity and proved what he is capable of, which gives Setien a selection headache ahead of the tie.

Whatever he chooses, it’s sure that Setien will be criticised as he remains under the microscope with his future heavily dependent upon performances in Europe.

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Napoli might be in Danger as Griezmann and Dembele returns

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Barcelona have been handed an injury boost ahead of their Champions League clash with Napoli as Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele returned to training.

Dembele underwent surgery on his hamstring in February and has not played a competitive game since November while Griezmann missed the end of the LaLiga season with a thigh problem.

But both players completed a full session with the rest of their team-mates after having to train separately due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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Greizmann and Dembele trains Ahead of UCL

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Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann worked individually as Barcelona began their preparations for the Champions League return against Napoli.

Barcelona returned to training on Tuesday ahead of the resumption of the Champions League campaign, with Ousmane Dembélé and Antoine Griezmann both reporting for duty after recovering from injury as Quique Setién’s side prepare to face Napoli at Camp Nou on 8 August.

The French duo have both been sidelined but underwent individual recovery work as they continued their rehabilitation.

Griezmann suffered a thigh problem in the 1-0 win over Real Valladolid on July 11, forcing him to miss the final two LaLiga games as Barça were dethroned by Real Madrid during the run-in.

As for Dembélé, his season was seemingly over when he underwent surgery to repair his damaged hamstring back in February.

However, the extension of the 2019-20 campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic has raised the possibility of the winger featuring in Europe.

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Barça and Napoli at 1-1 after opening leg
Meanwhile, defender Clément Lenglet also worked away from the rest of the group, the centre-back attempting to overcome a groin injury suffered on the last day of the league campaign.

Barça are beginning preparations for the delayed second leg of their last-16 tie against Napoli, to be played at Camp Nou. The teams drew 1-1 in the first meeting, which took place on Italian soil in February.

The subsequent knockout rounds will take place in Portugal, all as one-off games following changes to the schedule caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

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Messi needs the best Griezmann and Suarez to win UCL

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If Barcelona have aspirations of winning the Champions League this season, they need their attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann to be at their absolute best.

An effective front three is something that has been lacking at Barcelona this season, with two different coaches trying to find the right formula and only succeeding on a few occasions.

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Quique Setien opted for a 4-4-2 formation against Villarreal towards the end of the season, with Suarez and Griezmann up top and Messi just behind them and this was successful, but if they can’t consistently perform like they did that day then Champions League glory will be impossible.

Although he once again won the Pichichi, Messi has scored fewer goals this season and the team have dropped points in games where they wouldn’t be expected to.

The team has netted less than they usually do, even if they finished with the highest goal tally in the league.

Between injury and the coronavirus break, Suarez hasn’t been able to play consistently enough and has had his poorest season in a Barcelona shirt to date, scoring only 19, but the club are hoping to have him at his best for the Champions League.

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However, the Uruguayan has gone almost five years without scoring away from home in Europe, which has meant responsibility has fallen almost entirely on the shoulders of Messi.

Relying so heavily on Messi has been a big problem for the Blaugrana because it has meant that when the Argentine isn’t quite at his best then Barcelona struggle.

Although Griezmann is injured at the moment, he is expected to be fit for the clash against Napoli on August 8.

The Frenchman hasn’t played consistently this year and has often been played out of position, which has had an effect of his performance, but he has the talent and could make a difference when Champions League football returns.

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Griezmann is building bond to do what Neymar does better

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Antoine Griezmann will not have envisaged his first year at Barcelona to have gone this way. Last weekend he celebrated 12 months at the club but got injured in the win over Valladolid, ruling him out for Sunday’s last game of the campaign against Alaves.

The title is already lost and he has already seen the coach who originally wanted him signed, Ernesto Valverde, sacked. Next week his second Barcelona manager, Quique Setien, may well also bite the dust – Barcelona are still seriously considering putting B-team coach Francisco Javier García Pimienta in temporary charge.

It’s been a tough first year, chaotic, sometimes lonely, and so far trophyless. But on Friday there was some good news as he came through a specially designed training session. There is optimism that he will be fit to face Napoli in the Champions League on August 8.

There is also the prospect of wearing his favourite No 7 shirt next season. And his brilliant goal against Villarreal at the start of the month was a taste of the way things could still turn out for him at Barcelona if he finally hits it off with Lionel Messi.

That goal wasn’t just important because it was him linking up with Messi. It also drew him level with Neymar for goals in his first season at Barcelona.

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In the 2013-14 campaign Neymar scored 15 times in what was his first year at the club. Griezmann can now say that he has done the same. He also has 14 more goals than Eden Hazard in his maiden season for Real Madrid.

The stats say things have been nowhere near as bad as some critics have wanted to make out.

But it’s also true that Griezmann has not hit the heights he reached at Atletico Madrid.

He got 21 goals in his last season under Diego Simeone, 29, 26 and 32 in the three previous campaigns. He knows he can do better at Barca.

Taking back the seven shirt might seem like a frivolity but the psychological effect shouldn’t be underestimated. Coutinho had it last year and it was left unused when he went out on loan to Bayern Munich.

Griezmann needs to feel like the special player Barcelona believed he was when they paid £108m for him last year. Taking back the number he wore to become a world champion with France, and used to wear for Atletico Madrid will help him do that.

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The Villarreal goal was a reminder of his class. It seemed like a turning point for him. There had been a long night of soul searching after he was taken off in the 65th minute in Barcelona’s home game with Athletic Bilbao three matches earlier.

He was on the bench against Celta Vigo in the next game and worse was to come when he came on because he got the blame for the equaliser.

Never mind that the wall was badly set-up, he was on the end of it and he jumped as the ball curled low around him and past Marc Andre ter Stegen.

Coach Setien did not protect him post-game saying that the team lost because ‘someone in the wall jumped’.

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In the next game he was on the bench again, only this time it was against his former club Atletico Madrid and being brought on in injury time seemed almost like a punishment.

But from that darkest hour came that dawn of linking up with Messi against Villarreal.

Being absent from the awful showing against Osasuna in midweek when the league was finally surrendered will have done him no harm.

It will have reminded everyone that if they are to win the Champions League next month they need to get the best out of their French forward.

Luis Suarez has been Griezmann’s greatest ally so far. The Uruguayan has done his best to look after Griezmann, who had a close bond with Suarez’s international team-mate Diego Godin at Atletico.

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Messi is more reserved. He has a close friendship with Suarez and he gets on well with Arturo Vidal so there is little effort to forge deep bonds with anyone else.

When Griezmann came back to full squad training after quarantine and discovered that he was in a different training group to Messi and Suarez it seemed his card was marked. Messi has taken Ansu Fati under his wing and appeared to want the 17-year-old to be third piece of the attacking jigsaw.

But the way Messi and Griezmann combined against Villarreal remains a promise of things to come.

It might not have been the start of a beautiful friendship but it might have been the moment Messi realises he needs Griezmann; maybe not as much as Griezmann needs him. But he needs him all the same.

‘Playing this way we will not win beat Napoli’ Messi said in midweek after the Osasuna defeat.

If the king of the club, and the ‘principito’ can hit it off, they have a far better chance of reaching the quarter-finals.

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Barcelona have confirmed their 20-man squad to take on Osasuna tomorrow as Frankie De Jong, Arthur and Ansu Fati in.

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GK: Ter Stegen, Neto, Arnau

DF: Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Araujo, Alba, Roberto, Junior Firpo

MF: Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur, Vidal, Puig, De Jong

FW: Suarez, Messi, Braithwaite, Fati.

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Barca’s Title hope down as Griezmann is off injured

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Antoine Griezmann looks set to miss the rest of the season afer Barcelona said on Sunday the France attacker had a thigh injury.

The World Cup winner went off at halftime of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Valladolid after apparently asking to be subbed.

“He came off because he had a problem,” Barcelona coach Quique Setien said on Saturday. “It was him who asked for the change.”

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“Tests this morning have shown that first-team player Antoine Griezmann has a muscle injury in the quadriceps of his right leg,” Barca said on their website.

“He is therefore not available for selection at the present time,” a statement said of the 29-year-old who has scored 15 goals in 46 games this season.

It would appear Griezmann will miss Barcelona’s final LaLiga matches with Real Madrid needing five points from their final three games to win the title.

Barca also face a Champions League last-16 second leg on August 8 after drawing 1-1 at Napoli before the lockdown.

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PSG strongly targets Griezmann as Cavani’s replacement

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PSG could have serious problems if they want Antoine Griezmann this summer. He has played poorly and Barca and not had as much game time as he would have liked.

Griezmann is a target with Edinson Cavani leaving the French club.

French media says PSG have spoken to him to find out his opinion and current situation.

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However it’s not a simple case. PSG will be one of the first clubs to shut their transfer window this summer. Their window will shut on July 7. The rest of the big leagues do not close shop until October.

In this sense, if they want Griezmann it will have to be an express transfer – super fast. They will also have to hold off other clubs going for players, eg, Neymar, after the window shuts in France but not across Europe.

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‘You’re just a passenger’ Griezmann’s father blasts setien

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Antoine Griezmann’s father and brother have reacted angrily to the treatment of the French forward by Barcelona coach Quique Setien.

Griezmann started warming up early in the second half of Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw against his former club Atletico Madrid, but was only brought on in the dying seconds at Camp Nou.

During the game, Griezmann’s brother Theo posted a series of tweets. “2 minutes…” one lamented. “I want to cry, seriously,” another added.

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Afterwards, Setien said it was difficult to bring on the 29-year-old without ‘destabilising the team’ and added that he would speak with – but not apologise to – the €120 million attacker.

“For that type of chat, you need to have the keys to the truck,” his father Alain wrote on Instagram.

Griezmann has not scored since LaLiga restarted and has been benched by Setien for the last two games, despite being described as ‘unquestionable’ by the Cantabrian coach after the Frenchman’s disappointing display at Mallorca recently.

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Griezmann Knows he can do better – Lenglet

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Close friends off the field and teammates on it, Clement Lenglet didn’t hide when asked about the form of Antoine Griezmann.

Having joined from Atletico Madrid in the summer, some have been disappointed by the forward’s contribution.

“He’s well integrated in the dressing room – really, there is no problem – but on the pitch he knows he can do better,” Lenglet told Le Parisien.

“Like Antoine, in a different style, got used to Atletico; he’s a player who we are very demanding of, but I see him working hard in training. He can only improve.

“I’m sure that everything will go well for Antoine at Barcelona.

“He’s scored 14 goals and has various assists. For a first season, that’s not bad.”

The defender also discussed the good atmosphere in the dressing room, despite off-the-pitch drama.

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“It’s not difficult at all. There are still six games left, so we will try to keep winning points and hope to keep that up until the end,” Lenglet said.

“In terms of motivation, it’s difficult to do it better.

Despite that, Lenglet did admit that there are things he can learn from Real Madrid players who also come from France, like Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane.

“There’s no doubt that Benzema is one of the best French attackers in history; Varane is a very good player, with incredible experience; I take advantage to spy on everything good he does and copy it,” Lenglet admitted.

The 25-year-old has been a regular for Barcelona this season and will hope to maintain that in the search for the LaLiga Santander title.

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Setien defends his decision to bench Griezmann

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Quique Setién left Antoine Griezmann out of his starting XI against Celta and insisted that he never looks at a player’s price tag when selecting his team.

Barcelona coach Quique Setién said he had no interest in a player’s market value when selecting his team after being asked why he left Antoine Griezmann on the subs’ bench in Saturday’s meeting with Celta Vigo. Griezmann, who set Barcelona back 120 million euros when he joined from Atlético Madrid last year, was introduced late in the game as the visitors were held to a 2-2 draw in Vigo on Saturday.

Setién defended his decision to leave Griezmann, who has scored 14 goals in 42 games this season, out of the XI. “I don’t take into consideration the player’s price tag,” he told a news conference. “Last week we chose one specific team, and today we decided on another one. Last week you asked me why Ansu Fati wasn’t playing, why Riqui Puig wasn’t playing and today why Griezmann isn’t playing. These are decisions I make and they are technical decisions. They’re not made rashly, and they are done with the best of intentions for the team.”

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Aspas denies Barcelona all three points
Lionel Messi set up two goals for Luis Suárez, but Iago Aspas’ 88th-minute equaliser saw Barça held.

Setién’s men are a point clear of Real Madrid, who have the chance to return to the top of the table and secure a two-point lead if they can beat Espanyol in Cornellà later today.

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Quique Setien passes strict warning to Griezmann after Celta’s clash

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Barcelona coach Quique Setien has warned Antoine Griezmann that his price tag means little when it comes to picking the team and hinted that the French forward was at fault for Celta Vigo’s late equaliser on Saturday.

Griezmann started on the bench in Barca’s 2-2 draw at Balaidos in LaLiga as Setien preferred Ansu Fati on the left and the former Atletico attacker only came on for the last nine minutes to replace Luis Suarez.

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Asked why he had left the 29-year-old out, Setien said: “I don’t look at whether the signings are expensive or cheap.

“Last week we opted for one lineup and this week another. Last week you asked me why Ansu didn’t play and this week Griezmann.

Griezmann was stood at the end of a defensive wall as Iago Aspas curled a ball around the Barca players and into the bottom corner two minutes from time, giving goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen no chance.


Antoine Griezmann appeared only as a late substitute for Barcelona against Celta Vigo at Balaidos (Getty Images)
“The last goal they scored, a player jumped and the ball went in there,” Setien said.

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‘I want to be a Legend at Barcelona’ – Griezmann

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Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann has made clear that he is determined to be a success at the Camp Nou.

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The Frenchman has received a fair amount of criticism in his debut season at the club, but he remains ambitious.

“I want to be an important part of the team, on and off the pitch, enjoy football and help my teammates win every game,” Griezmann told Barcelona’s official club media.

LaLiga Santander is set to get back underway this week, with Barcelona set to travel to Real Mallorca on June 13, and the 29-year-old believes the break was beneficial for him.

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“I think on a personal level it has been good for me,” Griezmann explained.

“I have been able to rest; I think it has been five years since I have had a rest like that, so mentally and physically it has been good.

“I was able to enjoy time with my family, my kids and now I am ready to go.”

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Barcelona will be able to call upon Luis Suarez as the coronavirus-enforced stoppage of football has allowed the Uruguayan to heal from knee surgery, which Griezmann is glad about.

“Luis is our No.9, a goalscorer, the one who makes the difference in big games along with [Lionel Messi],” he said.

“We missed him in the last few games [before the break].

“We are really happy to have a player like him back and he will help us from the off.”

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Barcelona currently have a two-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of the table and Griezmann believes that the Catalans will have to try and take maximum points from the remaining 11 matches.

“We have all the cards; we have 11 games left and if we win them all we will be champions,” he noted.

“I think we are ready for it, to win and enjoy the football.”

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Greizmann ‘Will’ join MLS

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For more elite-level footballers, a move to Major League Soccer late in their career is an afterthought. Something that doesn’t even come into the mind until their 30th birthday is a blip in the rear-view mirror.

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For Antoine Griezmann, however, it’s the dream. He may have a World Cup in the bag and dream of La Liga and Champions Leagues titles, but for Griezmann, none of that seems to quite hit home like the prospect of heading west to the States and winding down.

“Winning La Liga and the Champions League with Barça would be a dream, and also my objective,” Griezmann told the LA Times, as part of Barcelona’s promotional campaign for new streaming service Barca TV+.


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“After that winning whatever comes. There’s another World Cup so the World Cup in Qatar. And after that MLS.

“I don’t know with which team, but I really want to play there. For me it’s an objective to end my career in the United States with the possibility of playing well and being a big part of the team and fighting for a title.”

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It’s not the first time this has crossed his mind either. Griezmann’s obsession with MLS traces as far back as 2018, when he had the American Dream on his mind even when he was preparing for a World Cup last 16 tie with Argentina.

He said: “World champion, win a Champions League and then I can go and quietly play in the USA. That’s my ideal itinerary. It’s not bad, is it?”


“If the plan goes like that, I’d sign for that now. I don’t know at which age I want to play in MLS, it’ll all depend on the trophies I’ll have won beforehand.

“When I’m nearer 32 or 33, I want to be there. I still have to be presentable on the pitch.”

One of those goals has since been accomplished; France lifted the World Cup trophy in 2018, with Griezmann being named man of the match in the final.

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He’s yet to win the Champions League, however, and whether he will get the chance to do so at Barça remains to be seen, with the club seemingly willing to use him as a pawn in their relentless pursuit of Lautaro Martinez.


The Admin of NobleSports understands La Blaugrana will stop at nothing to secure the Inter striker, and reports have claimed Griezmann could be offloaded to raise funds to that end.

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