A few days before the Blues’ first match at the Euro, Antoine Griezmann took stock of his season with Barça for L’Equipe. He confided in his relationship with Lionel Messi, on and off the pitch, but also on the difficult months he lived in Catalonia.
The relationship between Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi has caused a lot of ink to flow in Barcelona. Rumors of a possible disagreement have been persistent throughout the season. But relations between the two players are “good”, assures the French, this Thursday in the columns of L’Equipe. “We get along well. We sometimes write messages to each other, we communicate a lot in training. On the pitch, he’s a player with whom it is obviously super easy to play. You send him a bowler, he does it. turns into caviar. We don’t have that pressure to miss the pass with him, “he continued.
“You also need a coach who stays”
The duo, however, struggled at times to combine. “In the game, things are getting better and better. This year, it was a bit complicated because we had a lot of injuries and we played in a system in which everyone was not necessarily at their own. better position, “observes Griezmann. The Barcelonan also points to the lack of stability on the side of the coaching position: “You also need a coach who remains. Since I have been in Barcelona, I have known three in two years. It becomes complicated to have tactical stability and creating agreements. Between the Covid and the changes of coaches, it talks, it talks, but we are never quiet, “he said, still in L’Equipe.
“This makes me sad”
The season has indeed been difficult for the Catalans. They finished in third place in the championship, and were eliminated from the Champions League in the round of 16. Months not always easy to live for Antoine Griezmann, who confides in the sports daily to have sometimes been “unhappy”. “When you lose the Championship, for example, it makes me sad. At the start of the season too, because I was not playing, that I did not feel important. I, who am used to playing everything, the big games, I found on the bench against Real Madrid (1-3, October 24). It’s pissing to see teammates warming up on the pitch while you’re next, “he said.
For Antoine Griezmann, a new competition begins next Tuesday with the match against Germany (9 p.m.). The leader of the tricolor attack dreams of achieving the double World Cup-Euro. Always marked by the final lost against Portugal in 2016 (1-0), which he still says “rehash”, the Barça striker dreams of taking his revenge.