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Sport Setien: Difficult to play Griezmann without destabilising Barcelona

04:05  01 july  2020
04:05  01 july  2020 Source:   goal.com

Griezmann does a commendable job for Barcelona – Setien

  Griezmann does a commendable job for Barcelona – Setien Antoine Griezmann's struggles at Barcelona continued, but coach Quique Setien backed the forward.A goal from Ansu Fati and Lionel Messi's second-half penalty saw Barca restore their five-point lead atop the table, but Griezmann again largely struggled.

Quique Setien admitted it is difficult to play Antoine Griezmann without " destabilising " Barcelona as he threw the Frenchman's future into further doubt. Explaining Griezmann 's place on the bench as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Riqui Puig started in the attacking third, Setien said: "It's difficult to

"It's difficult to put him on without destabilising the team," Setien explained afterwards. He had a point too. Setien clearly wouldn't have signed Griezmann for Barca. Then again, nor would his predecessor, Ernesto Valverde. The Frenchman's transfer never made any tactical or financial sense.

a man in a blue uniform holding a ball: Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann © Getty Images Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann

Barcelona head coach Quique Setien admitted it is difficult to play Antoine Griezmann without "destabilising" the team as he threw the Frenchman's future into further doubt.

Griezmann was a 90th-minute substitute against former team Atletico Madrid, who earned a 2-2 draw away to defending LaLiga champions Barca on Tuesday.

A €120million signing from Atletico at the start of the season, Griezmann arrived amid much hype but the star forward has struggled at Camp Nou, where he has started on the bench against Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao in recent weeks.

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 Quique Setién (Barça) defends Griezmann: Barça coach Quique Setien defended Antoine Griezmann after a difficult first season for the Frenchman in the Catalan club. © Supplied by Football 365 Griezmann, the season of all contrasts The first season of Antoine Griezmann at Barça is rather mixed. The French striker only scored nine La Liga goals in 30 starts in 2019-2020, and was widely criticized by the Spanish media, he who had joined the Blaugrana club from Atlético Madrid for 120 million euros l 'last summer.

Barcelona coach Quique Setien said he had no interest in a player 's price tag when choosing his team after starting Antoine Griezmann on the bench against Celta Vigo. Last week you asked me why Ansu Fati wasn't playing , why Riqui Puig wasn't playing and today why Griezmann isn't playing .

The French star's price tag is of no concern to the manager who excluded the forward from the starting XI.

Explaining Griezmann's place on the bench as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Riqui Puig started in the attacking third, Setien said: "It's difficult to put him on without destabilising the team.

Griezmann has scored eight LaLiga goals this season and 14 across all competitions for second-placed Barca.

However, Griezmann has not scored since Barca's 1-1 draw against Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie prior to the coronavirus pandemic in February.

"I understand it's tough for Griezmann to come on when so little time left. I will speak with him tomorrow [Wednesday], I won't say sorry because [it's about] decisions.

"But I understand he may feel bad and I feel bad for him because he's a great person and professional."

Griezmann's brief Barca cameo leaves Simeone speechless

  Griezmann's brief Barca cameo leaves Simeone speechless The Argentine manager was stunned to see his former player given so few minutes in such an important gameGriezmann was a 90th-minute substitute against former team Atletico, who earned a 2-2 draw away to stuttering Barca in La Liga on Tuesday.

Quique Setien praised Antoine Griezmann for doing a "commendable job" in Barcelona 's 2-0 LaLiga victory But Setien praised the France international, telling Movistar: " Griezmann is a boy who does a "I knew the game was going to be difficult . Unless you have the fortune of getting it right at the

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

Messi scored his 700th career goal but stuttering Barca still dropped more points in the title race.

Diego Costa's 11th-minute own goal had put Barca ahead before Saul Niguez's penalty restored parity for Atletico eight minutes later.

Messi converted a penalty of his own five minutes into the second half to celebrate his landmark goal, but another Saul spot-kick – in the 62nd minute – secured a draw for Atletico.

Barca are one point behind leaders Real Madrid, who can move four clear with victory over Getafe on Thursday, as pressure mounts on Setien.

However, under-fire Barca boss Setien said: "I don't feel at all under threat.

"It's a shame. We're having more and more difficulties. Leaving these points behind means we're moving further away from the title. But we have to keep working and Atletico are a good team."


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Griezmann sidelined with thigh injury .
Antoine Griezmann is a doubt for Thursday's match between Barcelona and Osasuna due to injury.The France international was replaced by Luis Suarez at half-time of Saturday's 1-0 victory away to Real Valladolid.

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