Good news and bad news. Didier Deschamps followed with interest the behavior of his 23 players this weekend. If he lost William Salibatouched on the back, and forfeited for the rally, the coach of the Blues had to find a smile with the sparkling match ofAntoine Griezmann.
The Frenchman unblocked the situation in the 23rd minute, adjusting Giorgi Mamardashvili from the left after being served by Marcos Llorente and benefiting from a lucky control. Excellent since the World Cup in Qatar, “Grizou” once again offered a recital as a master at playing Colchoneros. Perfect in construction, valuable in defense, and even a finisher on Saturday, Griezmann almost scored a brace, but his chest control-volley sequence did not find the frame.
It doesn’t matter: the pink-haired “Little Prince” took the opportunity to harangue the Metropolitano supporters with both arms. After his goal on Saturday, Griezmann has nine goals and nine assists this season in La Liga. Logically elected man of the match, he carried Atletico Madrid against Valencia (3-0) and allowed his team to consolidate their 3rd place in La Liga.
“I only see the best in each of my players, and Antoine is one of those who interprets the game the best, wherever he is on the pitch. He knows where he can hurt, where he will be dangerous, and when a player has this quality, you have to give him freedom on the pitch to be able to illustrate it, ”said Diego Simeone, his coach after the meeting.
Mike Maignan concedes three goals
Against Angers (3-0) on Saturday, the Lensois Brice Samba did what was expected of him, did not concede a goal. It must be said that he was never endangered by the red lantern. Future goalkeeper number 1, Mike Maignan spent a more complicated Saturday night with AC Milan. Despite a goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the goalkeeper did not prevent his team’s defeat against Udinese (3-1). Theo Hernandezsick, was not in the Milanese group, just like Olivier Giroud (suspended).
One of the three blues of the Blues, Wesley Fofana, replaced at the end of the match, saw his Chelsea team hang (2-2) against Everton in the Premier League. On his side, Youssouf Fofana participated in the victory of the Monegasques against Ajaccio (0-2) in Ligue 1.
In Germany, Marcus Thuram scored his 12th goal of the season in the Bundesliga with his team from Mönchengladbach who had to settle for a draw against Werder Bremen on Friday evening (2-2). Called for the first time by Didier Deschamps, his little brother, Khéphren, failed to give victory to Nice against Lorient (1-1). The young midfielder could have obtained a penalty after a duel with Enzo Le Fée on the hour mark (64th).
Pour Ibrahima Konatedeprived of a match this weekend with Liverpool due to the presence of their opponent of the 28th day, Fulham, in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup against Manchester United, the last outing dates back to Wednesday and the elimination in the 8th of Champions League final against Real Madrid.