Antoine Griezmann has been struggling ever since arriving at Barcelona. The Frenchman had set the bar high at his former club Atletico Madrid, and his performances at the Catalan club are falling quite below.
Despite his issues at Barcelona, Griezmann is having great performances with the French national team, scoring a goal in the 2-1 win over Croatia in the Nations League. He told that “Deschamps knows where to play me” in the post-match press conference.
However, Barça legend Rivaldo believes that the player’s poor performances is not because of the position he plays in, but rather related to his confidence:
“I don’t think Griezmann’s problem at Barça is the position he’s playing in. The problem is his lack of self-confidence.”Rivaldo (via Sport).
It is key to understand whether the difference in his displays for the two teams is due to positioning, or other factors, and Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman will have the final word regarding the situation.
“Griezmann is working hard and is doing his best. I spoke to him yesterday about his position. In the end, I decide where to play him as I also have to do what’s best for the team.”Ronald Koeman in today’s press conference ahead of his team’s Getafe clash
Even though Griezmann sees himself as a playmaker, that position is already occupied by the one and only Lionel Messi at Barcelona. We will have to wait and see what role Koeman will give him in the upcoming games, with tomorrow’s La Liga game against Getafe as the first test on the list.
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.
Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.
Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.
PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.
A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.