As at the end of the Quique Sétien era, Barça striker Antoine Griezmann regularly takes his place on the substitute bench during important matches for the Catalan team under the orders of Ronald Koeman. This was still the case on Saturday during the Clasico lost to Real Madrid.
With the France team, the question does not even arise. In the mind of Didier Deschamps, Antoine Griezmann is one of the first names that the coach of the Blues ticks on his scoresheet in his starting XI. The same cannot be said with Ronald Koeman at Barça. On Saturday, during a capital Clasico in the fight for the title in La Liga (1-2), the FC Barcelona coach decided to do without the tricolor world champion, leaving the keys to the attack to the duo Messi- Dembélé in a 3-5-2 pattern. If the French entered at the break, skillfully letting the ball pass between his legs on Mingueza’s goal, he once again did not start a big meeting with Barça.
He was a substitute in the rout against Bayern
“Grizou” was nevertheless in good shape. He remained on four starts in the Catalans’ last four league games, two goals scored against Huesca and Real Sociedad in March and two more scored with France against Ukraine and Bosnia. An insufficient record for the Dutch technician who, like his predecessor Quique Sétien, regularly deprives himself of him during major matches. Last season, on the occasion of the Final 8 in the Champions League, Griezmann was a replacement during the terrible humiliation in the quarter against Bayern (8-2) in Lisbon. Sétien had also deprived him of his reunion with Atlético de Madrid, his former club.
The two Clasicos on the bench with Koeman
Like his predecessor, Koeman does not seem totally convinced by the native of Mâcon when the stakes are high. Already this fall during the first Clasico, at Camp Nou, Griezmann had started on the bench (1-3). A month ago, he was also not started by the Batavian in the last two crucial matches against Sevilla FC, the first in La Liga (2-0 victory) and the second in the semi-final second leg of the Cup. du Roi (victory and qualification for Barça, 3-0). We will therefore closely follow the composition of the Catalan team next Saturday in the final against Athletic Bilbao. With or without Grizou?