Ever since the arrival of Antoine Griezmann at Bacelona, there was only one question on everyone’s mind – how will the Frenchman combine with Lionel Messi? Or rather, will the two ever be able to co-exist on the pitch, seeing how their roles are so similar as a whole.
Both are forwards, of course, and while one is more of a central attack or a striker even and the other an attacking midfielder or an inverted winger, they thrive in similar areas on the field. And unfortunately for the Catalans, at the very beginning, their relationship was rocky to say the least.
As a result of the aforementioned problems, Griezmann was hardly ever involved in the build-up and would end up isolated and – as much as it’s painful to say this about a €120M signing – useless. However, his, and by definition Barcelona’s, fortune may be shifting once again.
According to Opta, Messi and Griezmann combined a total of 26 times during the clash against Osasuna, which is the highest number of any game in which they played together so far. It goes without saying that this is a wonderful sign and spells hope for the Catalans.
It might be worth mentioning that the duo also bagged a goal each, both world-class strikes in their own right, and have had a generally outstanding performances.
Barcelona can only hope that this is not an isolated case and their two stars can continue thriving together on the pitch. Ronald Koeman himself should be pleased to see that happen as well.
But it will be up to him to ensure we see it regularly in the future.