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We Haven’t seen the best version of Griezmann In Barcelona ~ Crespo


Hernan Crespo, the former Argentina forward and current Banfield Buenos Aires coach, praised Antoine Griezmann in an interview with France Football.


“At Barca we haven’t seen his best version yet,” Crespo explained of the Frenchman. “We’re talking about a player that has incredible intelligence.”

He said that Griezmann had an “incredible” World Cup and underlined the Frenchman’s capacity for understanding the game.

~Antonnie Griezmann

“We haven’t seen everything he can give yet because he needs an adaptation time. But he accepts the challenge of leaving Barcelona, a club with a completely different philosophy and he will still take some time.”



Rivaldo’s transfer advice to Barca: Keep Griezmann & avoid Aubameyang

Barcelona should be looking to keep Antoine Griezmann and avoid being dragged into the race for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, says Rivaldo.

Transfer talk is building at Camp Nou heading towards the summer, despite there being no indication as to when the 2019-20 campaign will be brought to a close.

Griezmann is among those Barca are reportedly willing to listen to offers for, despite only acquiring him at the end of a long-running saga in 2019.

It has been suggested that the World Cup-winning France international could be used as a makeweight in efforts by the Liga giants to prise Lautaro Martinez away from Inter or Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.

Rivaldo, though, believes that the Blaugrana need to be retaining the services of a proven 29-year-old who is yet to show his true colours in Catalunya.

The Barca legend told Betfair: “There are growing rumours about a potential Antoine Griezmann transfer to Internazionale in exchange for Lautaro Martínez or even a deal that could see the Frenchman go to PSG and Neymar come the other way.

“But I believe that Barca’s board will give Griezmann more time to make an impression at the club.

“In Italy, Griezmann would have more difficulties and I think his future is in La Liga where he is well-adapted and ready to show his best game regularly.

“Barcelona just needs to be a little more patient before he builds more confidence and starts playing with more personality.”

Amid the talk of Griezmann potentially moving on, Aubameyang is among those Barcelona are being linked with when it comes to arrivals.

The prolific Arsenal frontman is approaching the final 12 months of his contract with the Gunners, sparking talk of the Premier League giants cashing in.

Rivaldo can appreciate why Barca might be keen on the 30-year-old, but has questioned whether he is needed or the right fit for Quique Setien’s side.

The Brazilian added: “Barcelona always looks for the best players available in the market and Aubameyang is obviously a great player who could be a boost for the club.

“But other than simply signing a player, Barcelona must study if a certain player will fit into their current system, or if a transfer could end up forcing the new player to play in a different role, harming his own performance and potentially causing the team problems as well.

“So, it’s crucial to analyse these factors carefully before making an offer to sign a player, as it isn’t just the taste of the president and board that should decide this kind of stuff.

“You need to understand if the manager would approve of it and will have a space for the player in his system.

“To fit on a new team’s system is crucial, so Barcelona must be aware of that all the time and ask: Would that player fit on Quique Setien’s system?”


Griezmann won’t join Inter as part of deal for Lautaro as his wages ‘too big’

Antoine Griezmann will not end up at Inter in a deal for Lautaro Martinez or in a separate deal according to a report from Italian news outlet FCInterNews.it.

Reports in the media have suggested that Griezmann could be offered as part of a deal and one report has even stated that Inter have demanded him as part of a deal for Lautaro but this report claims that Inter will not pursue a move for him as he simply costs too much.

Griezmann currently earns around €20 million a season between his base salary and bonuses, a sum well out of Inter’s reach at the time being.

The report goes on to state that the only way Lautaro Martinez will be allowed to leave the club is if an interested club is to trigger the €111 million release clause in his current contract.

In the event a club does trigger the release clause, Inter will not be found unprepared and have already set their sights on bringing in Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to replace him.

Inter would be willing to spend between €40-45 million for the Gabonese international and would give him a three year deal with an option to a further year.


Trincao: My family are proud that I’m going to play with Messi

Francisco Trincao has revealed that his family are looking forward to watching him play alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

The forward signed for the Catalan club in January and will officially join them from Braga on July 1 this summer.

“The call from [Barcelona] was a source of great pride for me,” Trincao told Barcelona’s official media.

“I’m looking forward to wearing the best shirt in the world and looking forward to getting to know the players, who are the best in the world.

“My family are proud that I’m going to be able to play with Messi.

“He’s the best in the world.

“I also spoke to [Antoine] Griezmann, who sent me a message that said: ‘Geez, let’s go.’

“I’ve never had [idols], but maybe [they were] Cristiano [Ronaldo] and Messi.”

Not many had heard of the 20-year-old before he signed for Barcelona, so what is he like as a player?

“I’m a very hard-working, mentally strong player who looks to score goals, make assists and help the team,” Trincao said.

“My strengths are one-on-ones.

“My style fits in well with Barcelona’s. I’ll bring my magic and youth.”


Inter ‘explore the chance of including Griezmann in exchange deal for Lautaro’

Inter are allegedly exploring the chance of including Antoine Griezmann in an exchange deal with Barcelona for Lautaro Martinez.

The Nerazzurri are trying to keep hold of the Argentine superstar, but a €111m release clause gives the Blaugrana a chance to negotiate with the Serie A giants.

The economical situation is not the best at any of the clubs due to the forced break and the Gazzetta dello Sport claims Inter are prepared to ask for Griezmann in return for Lautaro, as Barcelona insist on the 22-year-old forward.

The newspaper points out Barca’s clear intention of including a player in the deal with Inter, to ‘lower the amount of the €111m release clause valid during the first 15 days of July’.

Arturo Vidal has also been linked with the Nerazzurri, as Antonio Conte seems eager to bring the Chilean back to Italy trying to sign him on loan with an option to buy in January.

Previous reports in Spain suggested Barca were willing to put Griezmann on the market to generate the funds necessary for bringing in the Inter forward, who has scored 12 times in 22 Serie A games this term.

The Nerazzurri signet Lautaro for €25m from Racing Club in July 2018 and the Argentina international has featured 66 times since his arrival, contributing 25 goals in 66 games.


Man City ‘scouting 17-year-old Ajax and Holland wonderkid Sontje Hansen’

Manchester City ‘are keeping tabs on £6million-rated Ajax wonderkid Sontje Hansen’ who impressed for Holland at last year’s Under-17 World Cup in Brazil.

The 17-year-old forward scored six times at the tournament to claim the Golden Boot, including a last-16 hat-trick against Nigeria, and has also played twice for Ajax’s first team.

According to NobleSports Reliable Source, City have been scouting the teenager and with his Ajax contract set to expire in the summer of 2021, believe they can sign him for around £6m.

His Ajax first-team debut came in December last year in a Dutch Cup fixture against Telstar and Hansen made his Eredivisie debut with 15 minutes off the bench in a 6-1 thrashing of Den Haag four days later.

Hansen has represented Holland at each age group from under-15 to under-18 standard.

He scored three goals in their victorious Under-17 European Championship tournament in the Republic of Ireland last year, including one in a 5-2 group stage win over England in Dublin.

And Hansen excelled at the Under-17 World Cup in Brazil last October and November, scoring six goals on Holland’s run to a semi-final exit on penalties to Mexico.

His performances attracted the attention of the Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann, who sent him a private message of encouragement during the tournament.

Predominantly a centre-forward who can also play in the wide attacking areas, Hansen features plenty of attributes that would appeal to Pep Guardiola.

But City could face competition from Italian trio Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus, plus German club RB Leipzig, who are also monitoring him


Messi leads multiple stats of La Liga over last decade as Griezmann plays most games

NobleSports revealed the stats of all La Liga forwards over the last decade recently. Messi leads most of the stat, and Griezmann has played most of games.

Griezmann has played 347 La Liga games since 2010-11 season, for 3 clubs: Sociedad, Atleti and Barcelona. Messi has played 330 games, ranking at 2nd.

It’s easy to predict who scored most with left foot. Messi scored 293 goals using his left, most in La Liga. Griezmann is at 2nd with 99 goals.

Ronaldo scored most goals (184) with his right as Suarez is behind him with 108 goals.

The Top 5 of goalscorer list are filled with Madrid & Barca players. Only Griezmann, who is at 4th with 142 goals hasn’t only played for these 2 clubs. Messi tops the chart with 350 goals, Ronaldo is at 2nd with 285 goals. Benzema is at 3rd with 154 goals. Suarez also scores 142 goals, the same as Griezmann.

Ronaldo can score 1.08 goals per game as Messi’s number is 1.06. Suarez can score 0.79 goal per game, the 3rd best on this stat.

3 Barca players & 2 Madrid players have most goals involved

Messi is involved in most La Liga goals (487) over the last decade, with 350 goals & 137 assists. Ronaldo (285 goals & 80 assists) and Benzema (154 goals & 76 assists) are at 2nd and 3rd. Luis Suarez is fourth with 210 (142 goals and 68 assists) and Griezmann is fifth with 189 (142 goals and 47 assists).

Messi has most dribbles attempted & succeeded… and most posts hit

Messi hit post 76 times since 10-11 season. Ronaldo (61), Benzema (39), Aduriz (29) & Griezmann (28) are behind him.

Messi attempted 2579 dribbles and 57% (1482) of them are successful. All of the 2 numbers are the most in La Liga over the last decade. Orellana & Muniain are at 2nd & 3rd.

Neymar, who played only 4 years in La Liga, stands out as fourth (1040 attempted and 493 completed, 47% conversion rate), and the 5th is Cristiano Ronaldo (1020 attempted and 432 completed, 42% conversion rate).


Griezmann and the Red Cross team up against coronavirus with Pogba

Antoine Griezmann has collaborated with the Red Cross to raise funds for the fight against coronavirus.

The Frenchman will go live on Twitch, playing video games and carrying out a series of activities, with the participation of Manchester United’s midfielder Paul Pogba.

His 24-hour marathon will kick off on Friday and the money raised will be donated to the French Red Cross.


PSG ‘Open’ to Neymar Transfer Talks With Barcelona Amid Interest in Antoine Griezmann Exchange

Paris Saint-Germain would be ‘open’ to negotiations with Barcelona over the sale of Neymar, with the French club keen to receive Antoine Griezmann in exchange.

The Brazilian forward is currently in his third season in Paris after departing Camp Nou in 2017 to try and step out of Lionel Messi’s shadow.

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Premier League Clubs Eye Antoine Griezmann & Mauro Icardi as Lautaro Martinez Prioritises Barcelona

Exclusive – Inter striker Lautaro Martínez is focused on joining Barcelona this summer, in a move which could, in turn, see Antoine Griezmann or Mauro Icardi head to the Premier League with Manchester City and Chelsea both on the lookout for a new striker.

Barcelona want a young striker to compete with and eventually replace Luis Suárez, and Martínez has been identified as the ideal candidate, although affording the deal could be problematic.

Continue reading Premier League Clubs Eye Antoine Griezmann & Mauro Icardi as Lautaro Martinez Prioritises Barcelona

Icardi, Griezmann eyed by EPL clubs, Martinez prioritises Barcelona.

Inter striker Lautaro Martínez is focused on joining Barcelona this summer, in a move which could, in turn, see Antoine Griezmann or Mauro Icardi head to the Premier League with Manchester City and Chelsea both on the lookout for a new striker.

Barcelona want a young striker to compete with and eventually replace Luis Suárez, and Martínez has been identified as the ideal candidate, although affording the deal could be problematic.

NobleSport gathered that Martínez is top of Barcelona’s wish list this summer and the 22-year-old’s priority is to seal a move to Camp Nou, regardless of what other options (Chelsea and Man City are also interested) become available.

NobleSport note that Martínez has rejected the chance to extend his contract with Inter in the hope of joining Barcelona, even though that proposal included a higher wage than would be on offer at Camp Nou.

However, La Blaugrana will have to sell some players to balance their books first. Ivan Rakitić, Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembélé could all be pushed towards the exit door, and club officials are also even open to parting ways with Griezmann just one year after his controversial €120m move.

Despite contributing 14 goals and four assists in 37 appearances before play was suspended, the Frenchman has failed to impress on the whole, and Barcelona are now open to parting ways with him to facilitate their move for Martínez.

NobleSport learnt that a move to the Premier League for Griezmann is a possibility, with at least two of England’s richest sides on the lookout for a new forward this summer.

Chelsea and Manchester City are keen to recruit in the position and have both looked closely at Martínez. However, even though they both remain keen, they have been informed that the Argentine wants to join Barcelona, so they are prepared to look elsewhere.

Beyond Martinez and Griezmann, another potential option for the two English sides is fellow Inter striker Icardi, who has enjoyed an impressive campaign out on loan with Paris Saint-Germain this season.

Chelsea and City have been tracking Icardi for a while and have both retained their interest this year, having seen Icardi struggle to hold down a permanent place in Thomas Tuchel’s starting lineup.

PSG do have the chance to sign Icardi permanently this summer, but there are rumblings that they will not exercise that contractual option. In the event that he returns to Inter, Chelsea and City are contemplating launching bids of their own.


Griezmann save Barcelona with 1-1 draw against Napoli in first leg

Antoine Griezmann rescued a 1-1 draw for Barcelona at Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.

Frenchman Griezmann struck just before the hour mark for Barca in Naples after Dries Mertens had put the hosts ahead in the 30th minute with his 121st Napoli goal, equalling the club all-time top scorer Marek Hamsik.

Barcelona ended the game with 10 men after Arturo Vidal was sent off with two minutes to go after picking up two yellow cards, following an angry clash with Napoli defender Mario Rui.

Lionel Messi failed to score on his first appearance at the Stadio San Paolo where Napoli legend Diego Maradona reigned supreme three decades ago.

The 32-year-old Messi scored four goals at the weekend in Barcelona’s 5-0 win over Eibar that put the Spaniards back the top of La Liga, but could not add to his 114 Champions League goals.

The clash was the first between the two teams and also a Champions League debut for Barcelona coach Quique Setien and Napoli’s Gennaro Gattuso, who both took over after the group stage.

Messi fired over on nine minutes after combining well with Frenkie de Jong but Gattuso’s side piled the pressure on the Catalans.

Their pressing paid off on the half-hour mark, with Piotr Zielinski breaking free down the right before finding Mertens, who curled a magnificent finish past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

He equalled Hamsik’s record and is now six goals clear of Maradona, but was forced off in the second half after a Sergio Busquets tackle for which the Spaniard will be suspended for the second leg.

Barcelona did not waste much time in getting on level terms, as Messi and Busquets combined to send Semedo into the box in the 57th minute.

The Portuguese full-back crossed low for Griezmann to power home right-footed.

Ter Stegen denied Lorenzo Insigne with Jose Callejon also missing a chance for a second, as did Messi with eight minutes to go.

Vidal was sent off after a sliding tackle on Rui before appearing to headbutt the Napoli defender.

The Chilean will also miss the return leg at the Camp Nou on March 18.


Why i should be blame for Barcelona’s 3-2 loss to Madrid – Griezmann

Barcelona forward, Antoine Griezmann has blamed himself and his teammates for making too many ‘mistakes’ following their defeat against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup on Thursday night.

Ernesto Valverde’s side was beaten 3-2 by Atletico Madrid at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, with Diego Simeone’s side going on to face Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa final.

The Catalan club had looked certain to win the game, after Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann cancelled out Koke’s opener.

But Atletico netted two late goals through Alvaro Morata and Angel Correa to turn the game around.

“I don’t know what happened. I think we lost because of our own mistakes and they had fresher legs at the end,” Griezmann was quoted by Sport as saying after the match.

“We struggled and we have to work hard now to keep on moving forward.

Antoine Griezmann

”We all made mistakes, I missed a pass and then they score after… They’re mistakes that cost you a Champions League, a league.”

Barcelona will now face Granada in the La Liga fixture on Sunday.