Of the offensive quartet aligned by Ronald Koeman against Villarreal, Antoine Griezmann was clearly the least prominent player. Although the new Barcelona coach spared him after the game, his situation is already worrying.
Not surprisingly, the Barcelona press did not spare him. Whether in Mundo Deportivo or Sport, Antoine Griezmann received the worst score among Barcelona players. Deeming him “lost” on the pitch, Sport gave him a 5, more for his defensive efforts than for his contribution on the other side of the pitch where he was never able to tell the difference.
Once again lined up in the right lane, the French world champion obviously suffered from the comparison with Ansu Fati, untenable left side and scorer. But Lionel Messi, positioned in false nine, was not outdone, the Argentinian opening his goal counter from the penalty spot before causing a goal against his side, and Philippe Coutinho also appeared inspired in his role as leader of Game . What a little more tarnish the performance of Mâconnais, appeared too timid.
Koeman not against the arrival of a striker
Ronald Koeman had nothing to say about the Frenchman’s performance, however, whom he had assured of his confidence when he took charge of Barca. “This is a position that invites him from the right hallway to come back inward. In the way we play, he doesn’t have to play on the outside. He has to play towards the axis, he can change positions with Leo (Messi). I’m happy with his work and his performance, I don’t give much importance to who scores “, thus assured the Dutch technician.
The Barcelona coach, obviously delighted with the performance of his troops, also spoke of the home stretch of the summer transfer window. And while he would obviously welcome the arrival of reinforcements, recruiting a center forward capable of taking over from Luis Suarez does not appear to him to be an absolute necessity. “It’s always good to have one to have another game plan ahead, but you can play perfectly without a pure number nine on the pitch, he said.
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