Antoine Griezmann was one of the most prominent Blaugrana players against Osasuna. The Frenchman scored a rocket before the half and gave an assist to Philippe Coutinho. After the game, he spoke to the press:
“This morning I was having breakfast with my daughter. I asked her how she would like me to celebrate if I scored a goal. She told me to do this and that’s how it was.”Antoine Griezmann | Post-match interview
Antoine Griezmann’s celebration must have pleased Toni Kroos! The Frenchman is notorious for his goofy celebrations and his goal drought did not have an impact on them.
“It was important to win because those at the top win. La Liga is very long and it is a difficult road, but with what we have done today we have shown that we have things to fight.”Antoine Griezmann | Post-match interview
Barcelona are seventh in the league. While the wins against Real Betis and Osasuna were satisfying, the horrific display against Atletico, when it mattered, shows that there is much more work to do. If the Catalans can be this aggressive while keeping the defensive stability in every game, they will surely climb up the table.
“I’m happy with the team’s display, and the goal that I scored today. We want to win the title, and we know very well that it is not easy.”Antoine Griezmann | Post-match interview
Griezmann’s thunderbolt from range was a treat to watch. The French forward will surely try to build on the encouraging displays he has put in recently. After a goal in a shaky performance against Betis, the 29-year-old scored two powerful shots in his last two games.
With all that said, Griezmann should keep his feet on the ground. He must rebuild his confidence and become the pivotal players Barça bought him to be.
Lautaro Martínez talks about the summer rumours of playing alongside Messi
It has been quite a while since we’ve last heard about any concrete rumours of Lautaro Martínez potentially joining Barcelona. The Argentine striker was previously a hot target for the Catalans but following a long hassling period with Inter, and some untimely financial issues, the Azulgranas had to abandon their quest.
Now, other players seem to take priority over the young star as Ronald Koeman looks to strengthen the squad even further. However, back in Italy where Martínez is currently playing, the media seem to still have some interest in that particular story.
Recently, the Argentine was asked about the summer rumours of him wanting to play alongside his compatriot, Lionel Messi. The quotes were given to Gazzetta dello Sport but were relayed by Calciomercato.
“It [playing with Messi] was a dream for me too, of course, because playing with him is fantastic. He is the best player in the world. I am lucky enough to play in the national team with him. We, young people, look up to him,” said Lautaro.
These statements don’t come as a particularly big surprise to many. As he mentions himself, young players look up to Leo and who wouldn’t want to share the pitch with him?
Seeing Martínez at the Camp Nou, however, would be extremely difficult given the club’s current circumstances and Inter’s unwillingness to lower their asking price. He is a talent, though, and that much has to be said.
Maybe the transfer can happen further down the line but at the moment, playing with Messi, apart from the national team, could remain a distant dream for the young Argentine star.